Hanson, Braves quotes after Sunday’s loss

BOBBY COX

on Hanson:

“He struck out the side in the third inning and everything looked perfect. He got behind a few hitters and left his breaking ball up. He had a great breaking ball at times and a bad one, at times.”

Any mechanical issues?

“No, his mechanics are exactly like they’ve always been. Nothing new there. He could have had better luck in the one inning where they scored five. He gave up a little single to Damon. We thought we had Cabrera struck out twice, and that changes the whole inning. You know, instead of getting one they end up with five. So… But Tommy can pitch a whole lot better than he did, that’s for sure.”

No health problems? “No, [he's] 100 percent. Kind of like Verlander’s last start [Verlander's start: 2 innings, 5 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks]. He [Verlander] wasn’t exactly lights-out today, either. But he’s good.”

On the back-to-back day games in heat: “That didn’t have anything to do with losing the game, no. It’s hot. May as well get used to it, because it’s going to get hotter.”

On facing Strasburg Monday: “I’m anxious to see him. I’ve seen him on TV. He’s been dynamite. He’s been very good.”

TOMMY HANSON

On close calls in fourth inning: “Yeah, there was a couple of close ones. The first three innings felt pretty good. The third inning felt really good. Going back out in the fourth was really frustrating. It was not the way I wanted it to go, for sure.”

Physically OK? “Yeah, I felt good. I’ve been working on some things with my slider and felt like it was a lot better today. But they put the bat on it. I felt like I made some pitches when I had to, and they got some hits when they needed to. That fourth was a rough one.”

How surprised are you to have back-to-back starts like that?

“It’s pretty frustrating, to be honest with you. The last start in Chicago and then today. I don’t think I’ve ever had two starts like this back-to-back, where I’ve struggled like this. It’s definitely not fun. It’s not a good feeling. Today would have been a perfect day to go out and sweep a good team like the Tigers.

“I’m just really frustrated right now. At the same time, I’m not too low. I know I can go out there and pitch. I know I can go out there and do well. I’m just going to keep working hard, just see what I did wrong and try to make those adjustments.”

“I felt really good in the third. I felt like I was hitting my spots pretty well and had a real good inning. Then I go out in the fourth and, you know, some borderline pitches here and there, miss some spots, walk a guy, give up a hit, everything just kind of – the wheels kind of came off right there.

“It’s just frustrating. To not be able to get out of the inning was probably the most frustrating thing. Going from one inning to the next, it was a really good inning and then an awful inning.”

Physically OK, no health issues? “I feel fine. Everything feels OK.”

MARTIN PRADO

On facing Strasburg “To be honest with you, it’s another game, another pitcher. I know he’s got good stuff. He has shown that he’s one of the best pitchers right now in the National League, but we just have to come the same way, play hard and go 100 percent.”

“That’s a challenge. You’re going to see a lot of young guys with amazing stuff. But it’s the same game, and for me I just feel like we’re going to come and battle.”

On Braves’ interleague performance: “I’m really happy with the way we played against American League teams. Everybody thinks they’re tougher, but to me they’ve just got another hitter [in the lineup], that’s the only difference. The way we played against American league teams, we showed we’ve got confidence in our team and our ability to have have some success late in the season.”

On Hanson: “It happens. I think he lost a little bit of his confidence in his last two games. But I don’t have any doubts about his ability and his stuff. He’s one of the best young pitchers we have. He’s going to be fine.”

More on Strasburg: “I mean, everybody’s talking about it. I’m just going to come to the field and do what I do.”

CHIPPER JONES

Surprised by Hanson’s back-to-back starts?

“Yeah, a little bit. I don’t know what’s going on. He must be really struggling with his mechanics, release point, whatever. But it’s up to him and Rog to get it ironed out. We can’t string out the bullpen and get them tired. We need him to go 6,7,8 innings. Hopefully his worst starts are behind him and we’ll see the Tommy of last year.”

On facing Strasburg, seen him enough on TV to get good idea what he’s got?

“Yeah, pretty much. We’ll come in and watch our film. Everybody in America has scouted him, as much as he’s been on TV. But they’re a team that’s struggling right now. Hopefully we can get his pitch count up and get into the bullpen early. Obviously scoring early is important. Hasn’t been a lot of people scoring off of him, but that’s because they’re not familiar with him and he’s got great stuff. [laughs]

“So, we’ll just treat it like any other game.”

33 comments Add your comment

Chip Caray's Mousse

June 27th, 2010
8:01 pm

I wonder what’s up with Tommy. I certainly didn’t expect for him to have an ERA as high as it is now. Aside from Hudson, I was expecting Tommy to be the ace of the staff.

JTH

June 27th, 2010
8:06 pm

Anyone have problems with the heat today? McCann worked both days and Glaus came out of the game at the same time as him today.

"Chef" Tim Dix

June 27th, 2010
8:07 pm

Big Red was ate up with his error and started throwing darts. He’ll be fine, but needs to leave the drama on close pitches to his catcher to beg for him.

Ralph

June 27th, 2010
8:11 pm

Hanson needs to be sent to AAA and learn how to pitch again.

Chip Caray's Mousse

June 27th, 2010
8:13 pm

I didn’t catch the game on TV, but did Hanson hit any more batters today?

Michael D

June 27th, 2010
8:31 pm

Would you believe, Hanson’s ERA is huigher than Kawakami’s. It is!

SRF

June 27th, 2010
8:38 pm

Are the wheels falling off the bandwagon yet ?

tom varacalli

June 27th, 2010
9:11 pm

why did it take a month for heyward to get his thumb checked?

Runnin

June 27th, 2010
10:21 pm

You can’t face major leaguers in AAA.

Tommy will be fine. I’d like to see him and all the Braves pitchers pitch inside a little more. Verlander was painting that high inside corner on Escobar. Pitching low and away only works if you’re also willing to jam them up inside.

Fred

June 27th, 2010
10:22 pm

@SRF: What bandwagon? The Braves have had a terrific run of late. They started the season with a horrific run. It’s the same team.

Just shy of half the season, we are half a game in first place. There is plenty of season left. We could win it all or nose dive into the cellar. They are still our Braves either way. The only “bandwagon” i’ve ever seen of the Braves is the ownership who chased their “corporate sponsors” and kicked their fans to the curb when they changed stadiums a few years ago. As such, the corporate sponsors who don’t give a fat rats ass about the braves get all the close in tickets that they sell to the scalpers. The fans are the ones in the cheap seats that the camera’s don’t show often.

Just saying...

June 27th, 2010
11:37 pm

The game was not very well played today by the Braves and it went way beyond Hanson.

Escobar continues to have his mind somewhere else. A throw from RF today to 2nd where he was covering and he was still in the SS position.

Glaus cuts off one of many throws today from the outfield and could have thrown behind the runner at first for a much needed out, but Prado instead of covering 1st is behind the runner and Glaus has to just squeeze the ball. Another throw cut off by Glaus and Cabrera should have been dead at 3rd, but throw high.

What is Conrad doing stealing 2nd with no outs and us behind 6-0?

What the hell is Hinske doing coming home from third on a sharply hit ball to first?

Too bad we had already thrown in the towel when Martinez was allowed to lead off the 5th(?) for a sure out. When we got something going that inning we could have used that out. He had just been hit extremely hard in the top of the inning and wouldn’t make it through the next one with Bobby having to make a double switch with Infante in RF. Why not have let him pinch hit?

Not impressed with Martinez. Chavez no better. Saito needs to go back on the DL. O’Flaherty needs to get back to earlier form. Bring back Kimbrel? Would be great to have Jurrjens of old back in the rotation, but he has not impressed in his AAA starts. Why does that lead one to believe he will do it at next level. Maybe another rehab start or two. Even though KK looked terrible in his next to last start, he was terrific on Sat. Difficult to sit him or Medlen this week.

This team obviously has good chemistry and has done great at times. Hard to believe it is the same team I saw today. Hope they get it back on track. A shame so much talent is being wasted at SS.

Serbok

June 28th, 2010
4:07 am

Is it just me?
Or has Bobby~been managing~ (For Real) last season and this? I mean~I used to criticize Cox All the time~ ‘07 and ‘08 seasons~ ~he just well~ one world seires win in 14 years? I’ve always liked Bobby!
However his “Field Managerial” skills~ have always been questionable? Managing bullpen~ staying with Redmond~ that other Reliever~ whats his name~ Wickman? And afew others~ that escape me~at the moment~ But!! I give Bobby Big Kudos~ for the ‘09 season~ and so far this year!! I mean~ for 14 yrs~ he didnt really have to do much managing?
Send out Mad Dog~ Smoltzie~ Glavine~ Avery~ ~ I dunno~ just seems like~ since he quit picking his nose? He’s truly been managing like the HOF manager ppl say he is supposed to be!?
NOW~
I’m bummed out he is retiring :-(
B4 I was ~ All For him be fired! Anyone else notice this change? More aggresive~ Not playing players who~well~ just dont need to be playing?

joe

June 28th, 2010
5:32 am

this will be the 4th game of the season that Hanson has butchered with 6+ runs given up in short innings (San Diego,Cinn.,CWS and now Detroit) For supposedly being a “power” pitcher his fastball doesn’t blow anybody away at 92-94mph with very little movement and his location often stinks. Also the Braves pitchers in general don’t field their position well ( unlike Maddox, Glavine, Smoltz, etc.) and Hanson hurt himself with a terrible pickoff throw early in the game. Can you say “sophmore slump” ?

jason

June 28th, 2010
8:00 am

Best part of the game was Leyland getting tossed. Think he done that to honor BC. The umpiring was horrible at best. Not an excuse for the loss as DET was victimized also. The bad calls started SAT night on Moylan’s K to end the game. just a bad game all around. You have them from time to time. Braves have been playing some real good ball lately. Starting to get a little concerned about Tommie. He is struggling a ‘lil bit. Maybe just a victim of the’ol Soph slump. The 2b hit by Glaus was absolutely nailed. He had to have taken a chunk outta that ball. Hardest hit ball I have seen all year.

Robert

June 28th, 2010
8:17 am

It appears Hanson has gotten away from first strike fastballs. That is his signature pitch and must work off of it. That’s not the case right now. Simple fix, if someone will let him know.

Jfreak13713

June 28th, 2010
8:59 am

Hanson is average on his best days right now … Not that he isn’t a good pitcher but the league has figured him out some and now he needs to make some changes? This is the test that great pitchers overcome. One annoucer said he thought Hanson was showing all his pitches too early in the game? I don’t know but I do know that the Braves are not a playoff team without Hanson being good!

. Don

June 28th, 2010
9:00 am

Why no quote from the Pitching Coach. Prior to this year, we had probably the two best young pitchers in baseball, Hanson and JJ. Now this year both of them are having problems. Remember the before his hamstring problem JJ had a sholder problem and had not won a game all season with an ERA abound 6.00. And now Hanson has had 3 or 4 really terrible outings recently. To say nothing is wrong is not believable. Something is wrong – whether it be a physical problem, or mechanics, or mental approach or whatever.

Let's Go Bravos!

June 28th, 2010
9:21 am

After the way we won Saturday’s game, with the called third strike that was definitely a ball, I had a feeling that the umps would make up for it on SUnday, and they did. Tommy was not getting any calls in that 4th inning and then he got rattled. I’m just glad we won the series. As long as we keep doing that, then we’ll be fine. Let’s send Strasburg to the clubhouse early tonight!

Reality 4

June 28th, 2010
9:26 am

Let KK pitch next Friday and give Hanson a day off. We don’t have to go to a full-fledged 6-man rotation, but we can use KK to give different starter an extra off day once in a while. We have three young starters (JJ, Medlen, and Hanson) and two post-injury ones (JJ and Hudson) – Lowe does’t belong to either group, but he could probably use a off day once in a while.

retiredMLscout

June 28th, 2010
9:34 am

Hanson has a couple of fundamental problems right now. I’m guessing Cox and McDowell have already told him but he still has to execute; they can’t do it for him. One problem is that he is throwing a 93 fastball and an 87-88 slider. He needs a little more change of speed. His slider has also become very flat, and needs a little more “down” movement; this would also bring speed down to about 85 which is still plenty of slider velocity. McCann is also not giving him much help in calling the game. Looks like he is just putting down fingers without much of a plan. Hanson could shake him off more, but not doing it. Doesn’t seem to be much thinking going on between the two. Personally, I would like to see Ross catching a young pitcher like Hanson; he calls a much better game than McCann. Just my opinions, thanks.

bvillebaron

June 28th, 2010
9:48 am

Ralph:

You win the prize for the dumbest post of the day.

tristan

June 28th, 2010
10:20 am

You are seeing why Medlen had the better numbers in AAA. He is the better mentally prepared pitcher. Tommy has the better stuff, but until they get him a sports psychologist, he will continue to mentally break down in these games. The reason they haven’t pinpointed the mechanical issue is because it isn’t mechanical. Nobody throws no hitters every time out there and when a guy gets a cheap hit or someone gets a hold of one, or even a strike call doesn’t go his way, he starts getting upset. He needs to get his emotions under control. You don’t see him throwing tantrums but he is doing it on the inside. No, he doesn’t flail his arms, stare people down, or yell on the field. He lets it eat him up inside and he goes downhill from there. That is how the big innings keep happening. He just gives up and lets it compound.

Dorothy Davis

June 28th, 2010
10:45 am

I thought Tommy used to have a change-up and a slider. What happened to them? Or doesn’t Brian call them anymore? You just can’t throw batting practice fast balls to major league hitters. Hello? Maybe a few starts back in the minors would do him some good?

adam

June 28th, 2010
11:15 am

prado.kj. your right in saying that baseball is not a sprint like football. a nine game losing streak can be endured but to say kawakami has not been a total waste of time, money and energy is an understatement! he is god awful and as for escobar he’s 28 years old and should be in his prime and having the worst year of his career. not to mention how poor his attitude is from not running out ground balls to showing up the umpires or flicking off the score keeper for charging him with an error. i personally think these two players get what they deserve. from us fans. i can’t say feel the same way for the rest of the team because for the most part they do things the right way weather they win loose or draw.

sportsmandh

June 28th, 2010
11:39 am

We have no room to complain about close called strikes after Saturday. Hanson and Cox have a lot of nerve to bring that up. Just goes to show you that calls even out over time, and it is better not to dwell or haggle about bad calls.

Melky way

June 28th, 2010
11:53 am

Thank you Dr Tristan. just kidding you might have something there he seems to be developing a head case.I do agree with retired scout that Ross needs to catch him when he pitches,Ross calls a better game.Hanson is too important to the team to give up on him.

Rhino

June 28th, 2010
11:56 am

Hanson is going to be fine. He’s still a stud.

http://www.rhinorant.com

Melky way

June 28th, 2010
12:27 pm

I can not believe that Tim Kurchin says waggs is na HOF and he has a vote.

bvillebaron

June 28th, 2010
12:49 pm

Tristan:

I nominate you to become the Braves GM, head coach, pitching coach and sports psychologist. After you do, I am sure Hanson will never give up another earned run for the rest of his career. Honest to god, some of you guys are priceless.

hAL

June 28th, 2010
1:08 pm

problems a pretty one when he was coming up everyone said he thrwe 97,98 when what he actually throws is 92 pretty consitently and some times 7,88 with no location maybe kk will be staying in the rotation becausae another future face of the franchise is really only another future face in the crowd lol ohh well as long as we have haystack theres hope as long as the oppposition promises not to pitch anyone who throws hard or inside then hes beyond hope too

rock out with Cox out

June 28th, 2010
3:20 pm

Maybe it is our scouting. Have you ever noticed when the Braves batters face a pitcher for the first time, they do terrible? I suspect the scouts for other teams are on top of things with Hanson by now, and hitters can do a better job facing him.

Ed Glennon

June 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

Everybody relax. Tommy will be fine.

tristan

June 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

My real name is Dr. Nick (from the Simpsons) and “tristan” is my undercover name. I have just blown my cover and now you guys know. Seriously, doesn’t anyone remember Smoltzie talking about the sports psychologist in 1991? This is just my opinion and that is only worth much of nothing. It is a blog where people post their opinions and that is what I am doing. I don’t think Hanson has lost anything physically. I don’t hate the Braves and I don’t want them to do bad. I just wonder if Tommy could see a sports psychologist and do any better than he is now.

Now JJ is a different opinion. I feel he has shoulder problems and should take the year off and get some serious rest. Lets use up KK until next year. He has a tolerable ERA and eventually the boys will score for him enough to put up some W’s. This is Dr. Nick signing off. Go Sprinfield Isotopes!

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