Maddux slighted again, and was Smoltzie better than Glavine?

I'm thrilled that the last pitcher chosen in ESPN's ranking of the 100 greatest players in MLB history is the perpetually underrated Knucksie, #100 overall. Not so much with the highest-ranked pitcher: Roger Clemens. ESPN cautions its list is a "judgment-free zone where Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and even Pete Rose are welcome." (Rose debased the game but earned every one of his... Continue Reading →


If Medlen keeps impressing, is Hanson the rotation’s odd man out?

I doubt it, but these numbers, via Bowman, are alarming. Since the start of Spring Training there has been a lot of discussion about the drop in velocity of Tommy Hanson’s fastball.  Courtesy of here is the breakdown of this average velocity over the past four seasons: 2009: 92.9 mph 2010: 92.7 mph 2011:... Continue Reading →


It’s good the Braves have pitching depth, because they’re going to be without sore-shouldered Tommy Hanson longer than anticipated. His scheduled bullpen session Tuesday at Wrigley Field was cancelled after Hanson felt soreness again in his troublesome pitching shoulder, this time following a mere nine-pitch throwing session Monday. That was the first time he threw... Continue Reading →

Just saying….

First season with more than a cup o' joe in the Bigs: Tommy Hanson, 10-3, 2.65 Tom Glavine, 7-17, 4.56 John Smoltz, 2-7, 5.48 Greg Maddux, 6-14, 5.61 Kevin Millwood, 17-8, 4.08 Roy Halladay, 8-7, 3.92, 18 starts, 18 relief appearances Tim Lincecum, 7-5, 4.00 Chris Carpenter, 3-7, 5.09 Steve Carlton, 14-9, 2.98 Randy Johnson,... Continue Reading →

More Tommy

Hanson is better than Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, Avery or Halladay. At least he's fared better than any of them did in their first five big league starts. It would be silly to suggest five games signal that Tommy H. will outshine the three former Bravos HOFers and Halladay. (Let's hope he has a better career than Ave.)... Continue Reading →

Medlen to the rescue?

Turns out the Braves are going to use Kris Medlen in relief, Today, in the G-Braves' opener, Medlen retired all 11 batters he faced, striking out four. He came in to relieve Tommy Hanson, who struck out 10 in 4-2/3 scoreless innings. Which leads me to today's poll:

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