Hanson ready for his moment

 

This Tommy not starting Sunday

 It’s Saturday, slowest day on ours and others websites, so I’m gonna keep it real.
 Real short, that is.
   Just saw the FoxSports.com report that Tom Glavine’s agent might file a grievance against the Braves over his release, because the collective bargaining agreement prohibits teams from releasing players for financial reasons.
  My first reaction: Zero chance he “wins” that grievance. Second reaction: So much for a quick reconciliation between the team and its future Hall of Famer….

 ♣ Kid sounds ready: Just talked with Tommy Hanson a couple hours ago, about his major league debut start tomorrow against Milwaukee. First thought I had: The uber-prospect could not seem more different the day before his debut than his roommate Kris Medlen seemed before his.
  Medlen was visibly nervous and fidgety, and seemed to be speaking faster than he could compose his thoughts. Hanson acted like he was being interviewed before his 10th start of his fifth major league season.
  ”I feel comfortable up here; knowing all the guys helps,” said Hanson, who got to know most of his new teammates during spring training, when the 6-foot-6 right-hander impressed everyone with his nasty pitch repertoire and command, as well as his composure and maturity.

This Tommy is

This Tommy is

  Hanson, rated by some as baseball’s No. 2 pitching prospect behind David Price before the season began, will make debut in The Show after going 3-3 with an International League-leading 1.49 ERA in 11 starts at Class AAA Gwinnett.
  He led the IL in ERA and in strikeouts with 90, while allowing just 40 hits and 17 walks in 66-1/3 innings. Pawtucket’s Clay Buchholz was the only IL pitcher with a lower WHIP, at 0.76 to Hanson’s 0.86.
  On the eve of his much-anticipated debut, Hanson seemed completely relaxed and unaffected by everything swirling around him, including the Glavine controversy and Hanson stepping into the spot many believed Glavine would be filling.
  ”That’s one of those things I had no control over,” Hanson said. “I was just pitching [at Gwinnett]. Tommy was always nice to me; my focus is just on pitching.”
  Here’s what Glavine said Friday about Hanson’s situation:  ”It’s unfortunate for him that he’s kind of in the wake of all this, so to speak. I like Tommy. He’s a good kid. Great makeup. I think he’s going to be a heck of a pitcher, and I’ve watched him and I want him to do well.
 ”There’s enough pressure going on when you take that field as a veteran player, let alone as a rookie, and I just hope that whatever aftereffects of this that he gets caught up in, I hope it’s not anything that distracts him or makes him feel like he has to go out and do something any better than what he already is.”
  Manager Bobby Cox said today that he doesn’t believe Hanson will be affected at all by the Glavine situation. “Him?” Cox said with a tone of disbelieve that the question had even been asked. “Nahh. No. No.”
  What’s he expecting of Hanson? Cox put it simply, “I think he’s going to be a very good big-league pitcher.”

 

 ♣ Better get it going: Remember that 12-5 run the Braves had through May 24, which put them right back in the thick of things in the NL East standings?
  Well, they’ve gone 3-7 since then to fall to six games back of Philly, and the main reason is an utterly punchless offense of late.
  The Braves hit .281 and averaged 5.1 runs per game during that 12-5 run. They’ve hit just .211 and averaged 3.6 runs in 10 games since then, including a .150 average in their past three games (16-for-107 with two homers).
  Their home problem has reared its ugly head again during a 7-9 spell at Turner Field since May 2. It’s been feast or famine for the lineup in that span, which includes a staggering six games in which they have scored one or no runs.
  The Braves have been shut out three times in their past 11 home games.
  They have scored 61 runs in their past 16 games (3.8 per), and 30 of those runs came in three games, wins by margins of 8-1, 12-4, and 10-2.
 That means the Braves have scored a total of 31 runs in the other 13 of their past 16 games. That’s an average of just under 2.4 runs in those 13 games.
  No wonder they only drew 23,327 last night on a rain-free Friday with postgame fireworks. I know the Brewers aren’t a big draw, but 23 thousand on a Friday in June, after school’s out? Yikes.

 ♣ Not a slump-buster: Don’t look now, but Jeff Francoeur’s fortunes didn’t turn with that dramatic, two-out, ninth-inning homer last week. It was his only homer in his past 30 games, during which he’s hit .217 with four extra-base hits, nine RBI, two walks, 26 strikeouts and a .238 OBP and .270 slugging percentage.
  Remember how much he and the Braves were encouraged by his reduced strikeouts in the spring and early season? Well, he’s struck out 13 times in 40 at-bats over his past 10 games, hitting .175 (7-for-40) with on extra-base hit (the homer) and a .195 OBP in that span.

  ♣ McLouth also scuffling: Speaking of slumps, the new guy has been in one for most of three weeks.
Nate McLouth went 0-for-4 in his Braves debut Friday, and the center fielder is 8-for-57 (.151) in his past 15 games, five extra-base hits (two homers) and six RBIs. He has almost as many homers as singles (three) in that span.

 ♣ Two ways of doing it: This Braves-Brewers series offers a study in extreme contrasts when it comes to first-pitch approach.
  Francoeur swings at more first pitches (47.2 percent) this season than anyone else in the majors, Milwaukee shortstop J.J. Hardy swings at fewer (4.0 percent) of them than than anyone else in the majors.
  Francoeur has swung at 102 of 216 first pitches, while Hardy has swung at eight of 202.
By the way McLouth is tied for the ninth-lowest percentage of first-pitch swings in the NL at 15 percent (30 of 200).

 ♣ K.K. has no support: Run support, that is. After the Giants scored some runs for Barry Zito last night, Kenshin Kawakami moved into the “lead” for worst run support in the majors at 2.16 runs per nine innings pitched.
  Zito had been at 2.14, but bumped to 2.26 after last night. Next-worst in the majors is more than a run higher than K.K. and Zito – Washington’s John Lannan at 3.34 runs per nine innings.
  Best run support in the NL belongs to Milwaukee Braden Looper (7.11) and the Braves’ Javier Vazquez (6.91), with Derek Lowe (5.99) coming in at ninth in the NL (Vazquez and Lowe have a lot of games where they get either tons of runs, or almost none).

“WHY DON’T YOU JUST GO HOME?” by Greg Brown

There’s a whipporwill in the rolling hills.
It’ll drive you crazy, give you the chills.
There’s a barn that got smaller, and the blowed out cars.
Beans climb up to the falling stars.

Why don’t you just go home,
why don’t you just go home.
You’ve had enough wine and it’s lamplighting time.
Why don’t you just go home.

It’s always too hot except when it’s too cold,
The dogs is all rascals and the chickens are old.
God hung the moon way too low in the sky.
You’re always laughing except when you cry.

Company for supper when the day is through,
people talk funny, just like you.
New vines from the old dirt, now ain’t that sweet.
New songs from the old tunes to tap our feet.

Why don’t you just go home,
why don’t you just go home.
The trip has been fine, now it’s lamplighting time.
Why don’t you just go home.

 

1,237 comments Add your comment

bravos2249

June 6th, 2009
7:07 pm

This is the second night in a row that the volume on PTV HD has not worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

N Nine

June 6th, 2009
7:08 pm

Blog found. No Chip!!! PeachtreeTV doing something right

Vinings Jim

June 6th, 2009
7:10 pm

Good job, David! Did you catch my cousin Declan on Letterman on Thursday (that’s Elvis Costello – his real last name and mine match, so I consider him a cousin). Sulfur and Sugarcane is a great song (first heard it on his Bravo talk show).

Josh B.

June 6th, 2009
7:13 pm

Looks like the Dodgers might just come back. 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth. Furcal just hit a homa

Shamus Thacker

June 6th, 2009
7:14 pm

Frenchy needs a vacation, in France.

DCBrave

June 6th, 2009
7:14 pm

So, Lidge blew another one? Sweet.

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:14 pm

Dodgers tied it up. What happened, anyone? Please say Lidge.

Worth noting that Phils used their last man on the bench, Rollins, in the top of the inning.

cabravesfan

June 6th, 2009
7:15 pm

Guessing Game-

Lidge. 6th blown this year already :)

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:16 pm

Poor Philly fans (not) you have a headcase for a closer.

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:16 pm

Washington takes the early 1-0 lead over the Metropolitans.

Vinings Jim

June 6th, 2009
7:16 pm

Good job, Javy!

David O'Brien

June 6th, 2009
7:17 pm

64 mph on that last pitch

cabravesfan

June 6th, 2009
7:17 pm

wow- that was a pretty pitch

Josh B.

June 6th, 2009
7:17 pm

Lidge has another blows save

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 6th, 2009
7:17 pm

Tom, Call me right now. One call that’s all. I can’t promise I’ll get you a settlement like those, but you soon could say, ” I got a check!”

Mixxo

June 6th, 2009
7:17 pm

Runs baby Runs!!

bravos2249

June 6th, 2009
7:17 pm

YES Lidge blows!

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:17 pm

Make that the early 3-0 lead over the Metropolitans.

nolie

June 6th, 2009
7:20 pm

(MODERATOR)

thanx. I clicked the red dot and when I got back on, there was the link. You learn sumthang new on this blog every day. :;):

10-80

June 6th, 2009
7:21 pm

anyone else’s PTVHD feed not working??

Buford Pusser

June 6th, 2009
7:21 pm

Braves need somebody who knows how to swing a bat!

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:22 pm

DOB

Is Tommy Hanson here already

Mixxo

June 6th, 2009
7:22 pm

What red dot??? :confused:

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:24 pm

YAY! Alright, Natey. Good deal.

cabravesfan

June 6th, 2009
7:24 pm

Rob from SC-

Yes, Tommy Hanson is at the park tonight (#48 if you catch him in the dugout)

Mixxo

June 6th, 2009
7:24 pm

Nate baby!!!!

Jeff321

June 6th, 2009
7:24 pm

Gotta love the SB by Clout!

David O'Brien

June 6th, 2009
7:24 pm

Wow. Now that’s not something we’re used to seeing around here.

Vinings Jim

June 6th, 2009
7:24 pm

Good delayed start!

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:24 pm

Stolen Base?!!!

The McLouth era begins!

C's

June 6th, 2009
7:26 pm

A stolen base? Why, hello old friend.

cabravesfan

June 6th, 2009
7:26 pm

What is this “stolen base” of which you all speak? I am unfimilar with this term…

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:26 pm

see Glavine, your money is being put to good use

Buford Pusser

June 6th, 2009
7:27 pm

I’ve only been watching Braves for three-years.

Stolen base? What the Hell is that!?

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:29 pm

no Schafer tonight?

Mixxo

June 6th, 2009
7:29 pm

Here’s where the trade “shows up.”

Nate hits, Hoss gets not much to hit – walks, Mac up w/two on.

JACK!

DCBrave

June 6th, 2009
7:30 pm

Now let’s see how the power 3-4-5 are doing tonight.

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:30 pm

That’s okay, B-mac. Good signs in the first. Let’s go, Bravos!

Soup-on is up to 24 pitches after 1. How ’bout we take some pitches tonight?

Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap.

bravos2249

June 6th, 2009
7:30 pm

10-80

feed is volume isn’t.

Rob

I hope your joking.

D-rock

June 6th, 2009
7:30 pm

Mccann no longer the teams biggest base-stealing threat. It’s great to see a steal there, and a chipper walk. even if there is noting happening with mccann, suppan had to really work here in the first, get the pitch count up; speed really can make things happen.

AdirondackDave

June 6th, 2009
7:31 pm

If the Braves slide continues and they are 10-12 games out with the All-Star break approaching, I can see them trading both Gonzalez and Soriano (assuming this is their last contract year and I think it is.)

Try this on for size, with Lidge failing Gonzalez goes to Phils for something young and good. Then, with Putz out for 3 months, Braves trade Soriano to the Mets for something young and good. Neither Phils nor Mets gain advantage over each other, weaken their farms, and the Braves re-stock an already strong group of prospects. Works for me.

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:32 pm

bravos2249

joking about what

McFann :Ô:

June 6th, 2009
7:32 pm

0-8 with men on first and second this year. What the heck is up with THAT?

Gant was talking about how great McCann has been lately…and he has been good…but he’s only 6 for his last 27 with 1 RBI.

DCBrave

June 6th, 2009
7:34 pm

So, McFann, he had been good.

Jeff321

June 6th, 2009
7:34 pm

Good play by Gimper.. But he’s just a little too slow to get the job done.

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:34 pm

Dodgers have men on 1st and 2nd, none out, bottom of the 10th. Martin’s up.

Look away, cabravesfan! Don’t think about it. Think non-blue colors.

AMG

June 6th, 2009
7:35 pm

I thought it was against the rules to steal

DCBrave

June 6th, 2009
7:35 pm

Dodgers are about to win that thing.

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:35 pm

YEAH BABY! DP! CAN YA FEEL IT BRAVES FANS?

10-80

June 6th, 2009
7:36 pm

thanks bravos, mine is not there at all. says “channel should be available shortly” i called comcast, they are “sending a signal” whatever the hell that means, so we’ll see.

Jeff321

June 6th, 2009
7:36 pm

Oh, and FSN Wisconsin said Gimper got a cortisone shot between his toes! YIKES!

cabravesfan

June 6th, 2009
7:36 pm

Guessing Game-

I’m getting a beer- maybe that’ll help? (hey, it’s 5:00-ish, right? 5:00 adjacent? Close enough?)

Buford Pusser

June 6th, 2009
7:37 pm

Wish we could score some runs; maybe my elderly mom would stop cussing about last night.

DJ

June 6th, 2009
7:37 pm

good inning…

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:39 pm

same old Jeff

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:39 pm

Shoot. Martin struck out. Still got men on 1st and 2nd. One out. Loney up.

10-80

June 6th, 2009
7:39 pm

anyone had Kona beer? i just saw it at kroger and picked it up. good hawaiian stuff. tastes like yukelalies and dinosaurs

nolie

June 6th, 2009
7:40 pm

Like I said yesterday, I’d rather have Chipper 3rd, As it is McL steals…Chipper walks…next guy makes the last out 70% of the time. oh well.

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:40 pm

Wasn’t Gant an extreme pull hitter

Supes

June 6th, 2009
7:40 pm

Baseball gods giveth and they taketh away. Brad Lidge is learning that right now. A “perfect” save season last year…already multiple games where he’s failed to get the job done.

Phillies’ run needs to run out. Need them to have a “back to earth” week where they pull a FLA Marlins and lose about 8 straight:)

Jeff321

June 6th, 2009
7:40 pm

Nice at bat and hit by Frenchy.

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:41 pm

Worked the count AND got a hit. Alright, Frenchy. Keep gettin’ that trade value higher! :)

Vinings Jim

June 6th, 2009
7:41 pm

Jeff, you are so lucky for the worst player in the history of humankind!

Supes

June 6th, 2009
7:41 pm

Joe Simpson’s mancrush on Jeff is reaching new heights. This has to stop. Hey at last Chip Carrey is out of the booth tonight on PeachTreeTV!

Shamus Thacker

June 6th, 2009
7:41 pm

Rob, if the deep left-field stands were dinger distance, Gant woulda had 2,000 homers.

DJ

June 6th, 2009
7:41 pm

aww…theres goes the best chance for the dodgers.

bravos2249

June 6th, 2009
7:42 pm

now that was a good AB by Jeff

Rob (from SC)

about Schafer…

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:42 pm

CRAP. Two outs now in LA. Cabravesfan, DRINK HARDER!

Fireceour

June 6th, 2009
7:42 pm

So I’m ok now?

cabravesfan

June 6th, 2009
7:42 pm

10-80

Which one? Kona Fire Rock is my favorite, but they have a lot of different choices

bravos2249

June 6th, 2009
7:42 pm

Supes

Now I agree with ya, but that ab was really a good one…on Jeff standards. He was down 0-2 and ran it full and got a hit.

Mixxo

June 6th, 2009
7:42 pm

Prado is quick inside!

Good AB Martin.

CT in AL

June 6th, 2009
7:43 pm

David O’Brien: 64 mph on that last pitch

Thats what the single-A guys said about Glavine’s fastball last weekend :)

Vinings Jim

June 6th, 2009
7:43 pm

cabravesfan – it’s about flippin’ time!

Vinings Jim

June 6th, 2009
7:43 pm

cabravesfan

June 6th, 2009
7:43 pm

Guessing Game-

I just set my bottle down a little too hard and it exploded foam on me…is that a bad sign?

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:44 pm

Whoa, hits, working counts, stolen bases, sacrifice bunts. Who ARE these people?

Mixxo

June 6th, 2009
7:44 pm

Nice job Javy!

C’mon KJ

cabravesfan

June 6th, 2009
7:44 pm

Vinings Jim-

I waited as long as I could

DCBrave

June 6th, 2009
7:44 pm

Three hits already? What a difference a day makes.

Jeff321

June 6th, 2009
7:44 pm

“Kelly Johnson bounces one on the first pitch.”

-FSNW Announcer

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:45 pm

Shoot, threat ended. Playing good ball, though. Keep scratchin’, guys.

bravos2249

June 6th, 2009
7:45 pm

Isn’t is crazy stupid the ONLY pitcher on our team that didn’t hit “full” time last year leads them in sac bunts?

WAY TO G-O KELLY.

Mixxo

June 6th, 2009
7:45 pm

Not what I had in mind KJ.

Nuh-uhh.

:(

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:45 pm

Schafer is not in the lineup. Must be a day off, or to rest his wrist.

McFann :Ô:

June 6th, 2009
7:46 pm

DCBrave

Yeah…’cause prior to that, he was 11-23 with 2 homers and 6 RBI. That’s pretty good…

No More Bobby

June 6th, 2009
7:46 pm

Braves fan for life but it would be nice to see Torre win it all this year with the Dodgers. Worst mistake we ever made letting him go.

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:46 pm

Sigh. Cabravesfan, you thought a blue though, didn’t you?

Kemp strikes out. On to the 11th.

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:47 pm

I hate all this talk about Kelly sucking in the leadoff spot. We are not asking him to change his approach. They are not asking him to bat differently. He is just not that good of a hitter. He is a professional athlete. Hit where your told.

DJ

June 6th, 2009
7:47 pm

FOX has to re-think putting microphones on the umps hahaha

10-80

June 6th, 2009
7:47 pm

cabraves fan, Longboard Lager is now in my belly and Fire Rock is about to be, encouraging news that you like it

Rob (from SC)

June 6th, 2009
7:47 pm

I find it funny to hear Gant tell players to hit the ball the other way.

DCBrave

June 6th, 2009
7:48 pm

Oh well, the Phills escaped, for now.

Guessing Game

June 6th, 2009
7:48 pm

Javy through 2 = 20 pitches.
Soup-on through 2 = 41 pitches.

Macon Braves (RIP)

June 6th, 2009
7:49 pm

GREAT to see McLouth taking off on the first pitch there. Unfortunately there were already two outs in the inning.
With Mclouth at leadoff, here is the way I envision a good first inning:
The lowest of the best possible starts would be Mclouth reaching first with hit or walk (even better if it’s a extra base hit but let’s just go with single or walk here) He immediately steals second base. The #2 hitter at the least moves him over to third with an out setting up Chipper batting with Mclouth at third with only one out. Chipper’s gonna get that run in in that situation probably 80% of the time at least. That’s how a great basestealing leadoff guy gets you a run in the first inning with his legs.

Even better after Mclouth steals second, #2 hitter drives him in with a basehit and you got Chipper coming up with a runner on, no outs, and a run already on the board.

If Mclouth leads off with a double, he makes it even easier for the 2,3,4 guys to get him in.

To me, it justs makes too much sense to have a great running threat like Mclouth batting leadoff. When he starts a game (or inning later in the game) off by reaching base, he makes the chances of Chipper and Mac coming up with a runner in scoring position go way up.

cabravesfan

June 6th, 2009
7:49 pm

Guessing Game-

Come on! There was beer foaming out of my bottle! Good beer wasted! If that doesn’t warrent a blue thought I don’t know what does!

10-80

It’s fantastic. They actually have a website that you can order any of their beers (most are only sold in Hawaii in stores) and I believe they will ship anywhere…well worth it

DCBrave

June 6th, 2009
7:49 pm

McFann-

yeah, he’s in a minislump. Tonight should be the night out.

Brett Favre

June 6th, 2009
7:50 pm

Hey Tom Glavine! Thanks for taking my place as worlds most bitter athlete!

Its so hard.To say goodbye. To yesterday.

*weeps*

Curious Braves fan

June 6th, 2009
7:51 pm

Why do most of you not like Javy Vasquez? He seems like he is a very good pitcher. Why are there some here who think he is mediocre?

DJ

June 6th, 2009
7:51 pm

Good job ryan howard.

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