Braves’ Medlen draws heavyweight comparison

Kris Medlen was surrounded (again) by reporters early Saturday afternoon when backup catcher and amiable veteran David Ross ambled past in the clubhouse and said, loud enough so that everyone would hear, “All I’m saying is I caught Med twice and he had 25 punchies in 16 innings. That’s all I’m saying.”

More and more, when you ask people about Medlen....

More and more, when you ask people about Medlen....

(Ross caught Medlen’s Sept. 3 start against Colorado, when he collected a career-high 12 strikeouts in a five-hit complete game, and caught Medlen’s start Friday against Washington, when he struck out 13 in seven innings. Brian McCann caught Medlen’s start between those two, Sept. 8 at New York, when he had three strikeouts in six innings.)

Just as Ross is saying the above, veteran pitcher Tim Hudson, he of the self-deprecating sense of humor, walks in from the dining area and cracks to Ross, “Where is that [stuff] when you catch me.”

And Ross, without missing a beat, busts his friend’s [chops] with this: “That’s like driving a Rolls-Royce and then going to a beat-up Chevy.”

The inference, of course, being that young Medlen is the Rolls.

And the way he’s pitching right now, Medlen certainly is a top-of-the-line model pitcher. Can it last? I don’t think anyone’s expecting him to keep this up. I mean, the guy is 7-0 with an 0.86 ERA in nine starts, with 66 strikeouts and eight walks in 62-2/3 innings.

After going 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA in his first two major league starts in May 2009, Medlen is 13-0 with a 2.64 ERA in his past 25 starts. That’s just ridiculous. That doesn’t happen.

In his past three starts, Medlen is 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA, .177 opponents’ average and 28 strikeouts with three walks in 22 innings.

And get this: He’s the first Braves pitcher since 1900 to have two games with at least 12 strikeouts in the same month. Think about all the great Braves pitchers who’ve not done that, from Spahn and Niekro to Maddux, Smoltz and Glavine.

“We enjoy it, watching him go in and out, throwing pitches that guys aren’t looking for,” said closer Craig Kimbrel, who added that the relievers like laughing at hitters flailing at Medlen’s variety of pitches, including what some Braves refer to as his “Bugs Bunny” change-up.

The Braves have won 20 consecutive games that he’s started. Again, ridiculous. Doesn’t happen. Hasn’t happened since the Yankees won 20 starts in a row in 2001 by Roger Clemens, who (allegedly) might have had some help, if you know what I mean.

As a starter and reliever this season, Medlen has allowed a combined .210 average by lefty batters, with just one homer in 214 at-bats, and a .252 OBP and .271 slugging percentage (.523 OPS). Righty batters aren’t doing much better against him, batting .222 with a .559 OPS and three homers in 207 at-bats.

He got no decision Friday night while allowing one run in seven innings of a 2-1 Braves win, snapping his six-start winning streak. He struck out three batters in the first and fourth innings, getting three consecutive Nationals looking at called strikes in the fourth after Adam LaRoche’s leadoff single.

His eight called strikeouts were the most by any major league pitcher this season and the most by a Braves pitcher since Greg Maddux in 2000.

Ah, there’s that name again. In so many conversations I’ve had with other players or media members in recent weeks, the name that seems to come up most often for comparison purposes is Maddux, the future Hall of Famer and one of the two or three greatest pitchers of the past generation or two.

And no, the comparison isn’t based on the fact that neither Maddux nor Medlen is the least bit physically imposing.

... they mention this guy, the great Maddux.

... they mention this guy, the great Maddux.

“We’re seeing the Greg Maddux effect take over,” Chipper Jones said today in the clubhouse, before anyone else had mentioned Maddux’s name. “He’s the closest thing I’ve seen to Maddux for the simple fact he’s got the devastating change-up. Doggie [Maddux] would kill you with command of the fastball and cutter early in the count, and then put you away with the change-up. And Medlen is able to make the ball start off on the plate and come back on the corner. The one difference, Doggie could make the ball go both ways on both sides of the plate. Med doesn’t have the cutter, but he’s got a better breaking ball than Doggie did.

“But the approach to getting people out is the same.”

Let that marinate for a moment. Chipper, who’s played for the Braves for two decades, and who was a teammate of Maddux’s for a long time and saw sheer greatness up close on a regular basis, continually drops Maddux’s name into the discussion when asked about Medlen. Should tell you plenty about what guys who’ve been around and seen a lot of things think about Medlen.

This is no flash-in-the-pan success, that’s become quite evident.

Long as Chipper was dropping Mad Dog’s name in the conversation, I asked him if he saw similar intelligence in Medlen, realizing this is quite a leap because I personally think Maddux is probably the smartest baseball player I’ve ever covered.

“Yeah, and poise,” Chipper replied. “Confidence. You can see it. He’s oozing it right now. That’s a lot of what this game is, is going out there and knowing you can execute your pitch and get people out.”

Chipper also pointed out that Medlen benefited from a generous strike zone. Or, viewed another way, he exploited it. Like Tom Glavine and Maddux always did.

“It was a pretty big zone last night,” Chipper said. “There were a couple of calls that I wasn’t real happy with when I was up there. But it’s not [Medlen’s] fault. He goes out there and expands [the zone], if he continually dots the corner at two and three inches off the plate, then that guy proves to him he’s going to get it, then all of a sudden it goes to four inches off the plate. That’s what the good ones do, they manipulate the umpires into giving them a quarter of an inch here, a half an inch there.”

I asked Michael Bourn about Medlen after last night’s game. I think it was the first time Bourn’s had a chance to view a Medlen start from a different perspective, from the dugout, as Bourn had a rare rest and didn’t enter the game until the seventh inning. So I asked him about that.

“Well, I actually have a better perspective when I’m behind him [playing center field] because I can see the ball and see what he’s doing,” Bourn said. “But he’s hard to figure out, man. I think the best thing about him is he’s smart. He was once a position player before, so he has a feel for what a hitter’s doing and what he’s trying to do. If you watch him, he doesn’t just go off of his stuff. He watches what the hitter’s doing.

“I told him once before, ‘You’re smart,’ and he kind of just walked off like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘You’re smart, man.’ I think your best pitchers are really intelligent. They don’t just go with their stuff, they think it through as the game goes on.”

BRAVES LINEUP Saturday

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Prado lf
  3. Heyward rf
  4. McCann c
  5. Freeman 1b
  6. Uggla 2b
  7. Francisco 3b
  8. Simmons ss
  9. Hanson p

• Today’s matchup: It’s Tommy Hanson against Nats righty Edwin Jackson (9-10, 3.85 ERA).

Hanson is 0-3 with a 4.67 ERA in five starts since coming back from a stint on the DL for a back strain. He’s lasted fewer than six innings in each of the past four, and the Braves have scored one or no runs while he was in four of his past five starts and two runs while he was in the other.

Hanson is 3-3 with a 4.27 ERA in 11 career starts vs. the Nationals, including 1-3 with a 5.73 ERA and .305 opponents’ average in his past seven.

Against Hanson, Michael Morse is 5-for-13 with two homers (but still out of the lineup with a sore wrist). But Adam LaRoche is 2-for-16 with five strikeouts and Ryan Zimmerman is 4-for-23 with a homer and seven strikeouts.

Jackson is 3-3 with a 4.86 ERA in his past six starts, and the Nationals scored six, eight and eight runs while he was in the game in his three wins in that period.

Against the Braves, he’s 0-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts, with 19 strikeouts and seven walks in 19 innings. He started against them once in each of the past three seasons, and also faced them in two relief appearances in 2006.

Michael Bourn is 5-for-12 against Jackson, while Juan Francisco is 3-for-6 against him, and Brian McCann is 3-for-8 with a homer. Dan Uggla is 0-for-13 with six strikeouts and Chipper Jones is 1-for-7 against Jackson.

Francisco is in the lineup today in place of Jones, which might have had a little to do with the matchup but was primarily because Chipper getting a scheduled rest (hey, big game or not, the afternoon start after a night game is getting tougher and tougher on those 40-year-old legs and surgically scarred knees).

And just so you know, Fredi Gonzalez also said he might rest Chipper on Monday, after the Braves play an ESPN-mandate 8 p.m. game in Atlanta and arrive – barring rain delays, etc. – in Miami at around 2 or 2:30 a.m. Monday.

Let’s close with a tune by the inimitable and underrated Mark Lanegan, which you can hear by clicking here.

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“CAN’T COME DOWN” by Mark Lanegan

Don’t give a damn for money
Never did I give a damn for gold
Tell me little doll, talk some sweet nothing
A river runs deep and cold

Don’t know why but it keeps running
Don’t know why I can’t come down

Moses has stood on the mountain
Devil made it thunder and rain
Girl, I ain’t afraid of temptation
No, I ain’t afraid of some pain

Watchin’ little doll she just come runnin’
Running straight away
Straight to me I got sweet nothing
And only myself to blame

I don’t know why I just keep running
Don’t know why I can’t come down

Walk, don’t you walk on me
Don’t you step, don’t you step on me
Don’t you walk, don’t walk on me
Don’t you step on me

Don’t have no thing for money
Got no jones for gold
All I got today is some sweet nothing
Nothing to take away

Don’t know why I just keep running
Don’t know why I can’t come down
Don’t know why, somebody
Somebody hears today

Don’t know why, sweet nothing
Nothing to take away

No, I ain’t afraid of temptation
No, I ain’t afraid of some pain
No, I ain’t afraid of some pain

Somebody, somebody
Somebody, can’t come down
Somebody, can’t come down
Can’t come down

Somebody, can’t come down
Can’t come down
Cannot come down
Don’t know why I can’t come down
Ain’t afraid of no pain

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,061 comments Add your comment

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:25 pm

Great offensive performance for the Braves in the first inning. They look hopeless at the plate.

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:25 pm

Edwin walks a batter so Heyward swings at the very 1st pitch. I fail to understand the approach from game to game.

bravesgrl4life

September 15th, 2012
4:26 pm

Well, first inning blew chunks.

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:26 pm

Yeah, I would love to see a balance between slugging and patience for Heyward in 2013. Swinging at the first pitch and popping it to second base is a problem.

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:29 pm

Im my opinion you gotta make em throw some strikes, he walked Prado on 5 pitches and missed badly on his last pitch. Go up there and work the count a little. Let the pitcher get himself into trouble.

SOS Braves

September 15th, 2012
4:30 pm

Hey Hanson. I see the way you can be successful. Throw the slowest ball in the majors like that last one and no one can hit it.

LuisG

September 15th, 2012
4:31 pm

“Sunday morning”? Can DOB see the future?

T-Dawg

September 15th, 2012
4:31 pm

Tommy “two run homer” Hanson.

SOS Braves

September 15th, 2012
4:31 pm

We will need 8 or more runs today. Think we can do it?

LuisG

September 15th, 2012
4:32 pm

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:32 pm

Hanson continues to run that pitch count sky high.

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:33 pm

Full count just about every at-bat it seems.

Bryce Harper

September 15th, 2012
4:34 pm

What was that Fred?

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:34 pm

Freeman has been terrible in all facets of the game recently. No way Hanson can minimize the damage here with his lack of command and pedestrian pitch offerings.

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

LOL good job Freddie, overrated by many on defense. Other than handling one hop throws and stretching he’s nothing special range and speed wise.

Citifield Jones

September 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

wow this is pathetic

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

September 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

Waytago, Hanson.

NORRIS CHUCK

September 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

Surely we shouldnt expect anything more out of Hansen. The guy looks like he is throwing darts everytime out!

T-Dawg

September 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

Tomahawk Mafia
September 15th, 2012
4:32 pm

Hanson continues to run that pitch count sky high.

And you consider this a bad thing? The more he pitches, the sooner WE can get him out of the game.

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Wow it’s like watching LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL for crying out loud.

Bryce Harper

September 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

What was that …everybody?

SOS Braves

September 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

What a combined stupid bunch of bas*ards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:38 pm

The team has played like total horsecrap over the past few games. How many times have the Braves fallen behind 4-0 to the Nationals this year, 5?

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:38 pm

That’s the ballgame folks. It takes us 3 whole games to score 4 runs, were done. This is a complete joke. I can’t believe so many sports people keep saying we have the WC locked down.

Kat

September 15th, 2012
4:38 pm

Thanks for the behind the scenes jokes from the players. My fav part.

chipontheroad

September 15th, 2012
4:39 pm

Hey Tommy Fredi wants to see you in his office

SOS Braves

September 15th, 2012
4:39 pm

Freeman Hanson McFat are a disgrace today.

George

September 15th, 2012
4:39 pm

hanson is GOD Ha-Ha-Ha.
He is a JOKE.
If we get 9 run we win

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:39 pm

Medlen = Real MLB pitcher

Tommy Hanson = Overhyped BUMB

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:39 pm

BOO Hanson while you can cause I don’t see how we run him out there next season.

Joe

September 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

p*ss on hanson..someone please tell the Braves “the Damn Game has Started”

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

Tommy Hanson is the Ryan Leaf of MLB pitchers.

That is a good comparison, given how much of an underachiever Tommy is.

Citifield Jones

September 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

Bryce Harper
September 15th, 2012
4:35 pm

What was that …everybody?
*********

That’s a clown question, bro.

Ryan

September 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

Thought Hanson worked on his delivery so they cant steal think he should be in AAA with JJ. take that Boras. Hope Braves dont pitch him again. This team continues to get beat in the first inning as we will not catch them. Braves would have to pay to go watch Homerun Hanson and Maholm pitch.Poor Minor he gets Gio as we should get shut out tomorrow night.

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

T-Dawg

I was thinking the same thing. The more pitches he throws the sooner we can save ourselves from watching his crap.

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

Hey another fullcount. Tommy loves those.

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:40 pm

Freeman deserves to be Booed.

T-Dawg

September 15th, 2012
4:41 pm

There is no reason for Tommy “no athletic ability” Hanson to ever pitch again for this team.

Hanson or Hanson Pitching?

September 15th, 2012
4:41 pm

Did ANYONE actually think Hanson would actually throw a respectable game today? He’s another example of a Braves player who comes up small.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

September 15th, 2012
4:41 pm

Pretty ugly. Runs 3 & 4 weren’t Tommys fault but the HR to LaRouce was a bad pitch. You gotta take advantage of LaRouche’s long swing.

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:41 pm

Freddie Freeman — No way will ever be as good as Bryce Harper.

Freeman is lazy and does not hustle.

sid

September 15th, 2012
4:42 pm

that should be enough for the Nats against these headcases.

Jerry in Tennessee

September 15th, 2012
4:42 pm

I spent all morning in fall ball screaming at 12 year olds to hustle on defense, step and make good throws, take the outs the other team gives you and do not hold the ball in the outfield, throw it somewhere. I dont understand how these kids learn all these bad habits.

Jerry in Tennessee

September 15th, 2012
4:42 pm

I spent all morning in fall ball screaming at 12 year olds to hustle on defense, step and make good throws, take the outs the other team gives you and do not hold the ball in the outfield, throw it somewhere. I dont understand how these kids learn all these bad habits.

norris

September 15th, 2012
4:43 pm

In a playoff hunt and we look like the bad news bears today.
pittiful.

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
4:43 pm

Pretty bad……………pretty bad…….

….price of tickets keeps dropping……………….

SOS Braves

September 15th, 2012
4:43 pm

Grounds crew needs to drag the warning track between innings when Hanson is pitching. Somebody tell Freeman there is a game going on today.

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:44 pm

Hanson might have worked on his delivery but is just not talented enough or too lazy and stubborn to change.

Don;t know which one, my guess is this loser BUMB has a lack of talent. He has zero MLB ability.

Big Bust — Len Barker was better than this loser.

I don’t want Tommy anymore — He stinks bad. He has to go and be put on waivers.

He is washed up. As bad as JJ who is also done.

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:44 pm

Tommy Hanson looks like a fat out of shape piece of crap with no athletic ability. He duped us all into thinking he might be a good pitcher in 2009 and 2010.

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:45 pm

Citifield Jones

September 15th, 2012
4:45 pm

Leadoff tripple for Freddy? Big whoop… the Braves won’t be able to bring him home. PATHETIC!!!!

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:45 pm

Freeman does something decent for a change — his D is lazy but the triple is good.

Now, find a way to score.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

September 15th, 2012
4:45 pm

Yeah, Hanson and Jair are definite non-tender canidates next year. Hinske is gone for sure and I still believe that Heyward will be the CF next year. Just don’t see Wren spending premium money on CF when he can use that money on two corner OF’s with pop. I say that unless a guy like Franklin Gutierrez from Seattle comes available and you deal him straight up for Hanson.

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:45 pm

They love swinging at the 1st pitch.

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:46 pm

How cool would it be if Freeman scored on a base hit?

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:46 pm

Uggla just needs a routine flyball.

Bat Masterson

September 15th, 2012
4:46 pm

Tommy Hanson is the Ryan Leaf of MLB pitchers.

That is a good comparison, given how much of an underachiever Tommy is.

Oh bullsh*t.

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
4:46 pm

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

How do you figure they weren’t Hanson’s fault?

He made the pitches…..
He was three feet from Freeman at 1st base on that litte loafing job at 1st….
Then he threw the ball away into right field………..

………….no it wasn’t Hanson’s fault……

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:46 pm

For someone as young as Hanson its a shame he looks fat and out of shape.

chipontheroad

September 15th, 2012
4:46 pm

I say move Tommy to the pen but don’t let him sit to close to Kimbrel

sid

September 15th, 2012
4:47 pm

Lordy be!!!!

Joe

September 15th, 2012
4:47 pm

Ugg’s got lucky…

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:47 pm

Well how about that. A double with a runner on third base. That is a rare event.

Hanson or Hanson Pitching?

September 15th, 2012
4:47 pm

Wren and his minions are the kings of pizzin down your back and telling you it’s raining. I remember during the off season and spring the buzz from the Braves that Tommy had changed his delivery.

I also remember the first time I saw Tommy this year and thinking, “what a load of bull. It’s the same dart throwin’ Hanson we’ve always seen.”

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:47 pm

Wow, maybe they’ll be able to score 5 or 6 runs today.

SOS Braves

September 15th, 2012
4:47 pm

Lets trade Hanson for a bag of balls.

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:47 pm

Well, a hit with RISP and RBI for Uggla — that is good.

Uggla > use for this team than Hanson.

Bat Masterson

September 15th, 2012
4:47 pm

Good read, DO’B. Appreciate the clubhouse humor. Thanks

BFChris27

September 15th, 2012
4:48 pm

Uggla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe

September 15th, 2012
4:48 pm

juan…will hit one out today.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

September 15th, 2012
4:48 pm

Wow, that is the first hard hit ball, that I have ever seen Uggla hit the other way. Chop wood Bravos, get 1 or 2 an inning. Cash in on opputunities.

Game’s not over in the second, need Cisco to come up big!

nolie

September 15th, 2012
4:49 pm

Tommy’s biggest problem is lack of command, always has been. even when his velocity was there he still went deep into counts, now that it is gone he needs it more but still an’t get it down

Citifield Jones

September 15th, 2012
4:49 pm

Big deal… Hanson will give up another 3-4 runs in the following inning

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:49 pm

I would do Hanson for Franklin Gutierrez is Seattle would do it.

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:50 pm

LOL swinging at shyt in the dirt, gotta love it.

SOS Braves

September 15th, 2012
4:50 pm

Francisco. Your usual.

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:50 pm

Oh look, Francisco failed to move the runner over by putting together a terrible plate appearance and striking out on a slider down in the zone. Some things never change.

Mitchell

September 15th, 2012
4:50 pm

If the Braves scored six runs and Tommy gave up seven, then you can be mad at him.

Well, hell. We got a run.

But you know Tommy’s not going to do what Medlen did last night.

You’ve got toscore

Mitchell

September 15th, 2012
4:52 pm

If the Braves scored six runs and Tommy gave up seven, then you can be mad at him.

Well, hell. We got a run.

But you know Tommy’s not going to do what Medlen did last night.

Got to score some runs today.

sid

September 15th, 2012
4:52 pm

just throw it in the dirt…..

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
4:52 pm

There is no way I would have Hanson on my post season roster……………

SOS Braves

September 15th, 2012
4:52 pm

I am sure Fredi is not smart enough to pinch hit for Homer Hanson

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:53 pm

Good hustle by Uggla but once gain two batters fail to move the runner.

We are not cured of the RISPY flu yet.

I would PH for Hanson, but Fredi is keeping that BUMB in.

Dr. John Zoydberg

September 15th, 2012
4:53 pm

Nice hustle by Uggla. Need to get him in. Hanson needs 6 runs minimum just to be in the game. Oh, and now he’s up. Totally inept at the plate.

Mitchell

September 15th, 2012
4:53 pm

Come on iPad!

Clean it up.

UKUGA

September 15th, 2012
4:53 pm

Francisco’s laziness on display on that K. The catcher drops the ball, but he stays put and doesn’t run.

Simmons, in the same situation runs, and Uggla winds up at 3rd after the throw.

Hustle. Put pressure on the defense. Sometimes, good things happen.

SOS Braves

September 15th, 2012
4:53 pm

Uggla figured that the only way he would score would be to get to third and score on a wild pitch.

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:54 pm

Tommy cannot hit because he is not a real athlete.

He just is not very good, not a very athletic pitcher.

Tomahawk Mafia

September 15th, 2012
4:54 pm

Hanson is a waste of space on the roster. He looks so lazy and unmotivated.

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:54 pm

Francisco deserves to be Booed.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

September 15th, 2012
4:55 pm

@ the truth

The runs were unearned and easy groundballs that should have been fielded and should have made the sure play. Regardless, they get tagged to Tommy on this blog. Freddie and to certain extent JHey were at fault for those last two NAT runs.

UKUGA

September 15th, 2012
4:55 pm

Hanson is a middle reliever, maybe a closer, but I doubt it. I think his days as an effective starter are winding down.

Roger’s got a big project on his hands this winter if Tommy is in our rotation plans for next season.

Disgusted

September 15th, 2012
4:55 pm

Hanson is one of the most disappointing athletes (if you want to call him that) in ATL sports history.

He is in Aundray Bruce and Patrik Stefan territory. Brad Kommisk too.

Bronke

September 15th, 2012
4:56 pm

Truthfully speaking, how many of you here will be glad when you no longer have to see Tommy Hanson in a Braves uniform?

Bat Masterson

September 15th, 2012
4:56 pm

Oh hell, what happened to Heap

brian

September 15th, 2012
4:56 pm

Who would have pinch hit for Hanson there and put in sheets, Delgado, or teheran

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
4:57 pm

Nolie….do you know the roster rules for the wild card playoff? Maybe it is just a carry over of the season’s roster?

Then the NLCS is the playoff roster format…..set up the roster on a per series basis?

T-Dawg

September 15th, 2012
4:57 pm

Consider this: If the Braves would have been out of the race at the trade deadline, we probably would have traded Tommy Hanson, Michael Bourn and maybe even Tim Hudson. We could have gotten some amazing talent in return and would have been in a GREAT situation going ino next year. I’m sure Bourn will walk…Few will want Hanson an we will keep Hudson. Of course, keeping Hudson is not bad, its just that we could have gotten some serious talent. Our starting rotation next year would have been

Medlen
Minor
Hudson
Maholm
Sheets/Teahran
Beachy (later)

VaBravesFan

September 15th, 2012
4:57 pm

Uggla comes threw in what might be a losing effort. Of course he’d smack a double with a RISP when were down by 4 already, and then risk going to 3rd with the pitcher on deck.

brian

September 15th, 2012
4:58 pm

Hanson could use a fresh start in KC or someplace low pressure. He also needs to make the mechanical adjustments he needs to make. He seems to have reverted back to his old form, not that he changed much anyway

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