Braves quotes after Tuesday’s loss to Pirates

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hanson’s performance

“He got six innings in; that’s the first time he got six innings in a while. Just left some balls over the plate. I think at the beginning of the game he had three 1-2 [count] hits. The leadoff double in the first was a checked swing that just happened to go down the line…. But just a couple of pitches out over the plate. But he gave us six innings.”

On the game

“We accomplished what we wanted to. Got our bench guys some good at-bats. Overbay had some great at-bats, and Hinske had a big at-bat against a left-hander. Pastornicky had a couple of good at-bats, and Rossy. That’s a little scary there when he [Ross] takes that foul tip off the knee, and you’re playing these last two games and getting guys some rest and getting some [bench] guys some at-bats. That’s what keeps you up at night….

“Tomorrow we’ll run our starters out there for a couple of at-bats, and hopefully we’ll come out of it healthy. And hopefully get a win, too. That would be nice.”

Did Hanson make any progress since mid-season?

“Well, he ended up with, what, 13 wins this year? And with a guy that might not have had the best stuff of his career, he still found a way to win some ballgames, which is good. You like to see that stuff.”

Is the slow delivery something he can improve, to cut down on the stolen bases?

“It’s something that Roger’s on him all the time about. And we’ve gotten him down to 1.3, 1.4 [seconds to the plate]. But I don’t know how much quicker you can get him without re-doing the whole delivery and the arm, and then you’re getting into some areas where he might get hurt, changing arm angles this late in his career. But it’s something that definitely could use some work.”

Hanson’s role next couple weeks, be ready for anything?

“Yeah, be ready for anything. We feel like we’ve got a good handle on what’s going on, especially with that [Wild Card] game on Friday. But anything can happen. Beyond that, I’m not even worried about that right now.”

On postseason roster decisions, can a bench guy help his chances in these last couple of games?

“Especially for the first game [Wild Card game] where we could carry a lot more position players. So that’s why we wanted to run some of those guys out there, see what kind of at-bats they could give us, give them at-bats. Yeah, I think one game, a couple of good at-bats, or a couple of good games in a row, could definitely be an advantage for somebody.”

**DAVID ROSS

On getting hit by foul tip in the knee

“I’m alright. It got a lot of padding.”

On Hanson, did you think he progressed in right direction since return from DL?

“Yeah. I mean, to me Tommy – and he knows this – when he’s got his fastball location going, I don’t think it has anything to do with the DL or anything like that. I just think his fastball command, when it’s not on, that’s the times he gets hit. But Tommy’s a really good pitcher, really valuable to us.

“Tonight his slider was a little flat, fastball location was just OK. And they took advantage of it. We’ve got to do a better job of getting ahead of hitters in certain situations, and holding guys on, just little things like that. But Tommy’s been one of our better pitchers, one of our more consistent pitchers for a whole season. He’s one of the rare few we’ve got in the rotation that have been pitching all year.”

**TOMMY HANSON

Probably not the way you wanted to end the season?

“Yeah, definitely wanted to pitch better. Wasn’t the way I wanted to end it. The first two innings were tough, and then so was that fifth. Not the way I wanted to finish, but it is what it is. And I’ve got to try to learn from it and try to make adjustments and try to get better.”

Is it as simple as becoming more consistent with fastball command?

“Yeah, my command was there at times and then I lost it. I think that’s the biggest thing, being consistent with that command. And it wasn’t consistent today.”

On next couple of weeks, how do you prepare?

“I don’t know what my role’s going to be or what the plan is, so I guess I’ll find that out tomorrow or the next day, and we’ll go from there and move forward, and do whatever I’ve got to do to try to help the team. In whatever capacity that might be.”

Did the changes you made in offseason, then car wreck in spring and DL stint this summer, make it hard to be consistent?

“No. I felt like I made some adjustments and they were fine in spring training. And then I had to make some more adjustments because I wasn’t pitching the way I wanted to pitch. I feel like you always have to make adjustments and you always have to try to find a way to get better. I’ve been trying to do that all year.”

45 comments Add your comment

BRAVESFAN

October 2nd, 2012
11:03 pm

Tonight’s lineup had zero want. Just teach the pitchers how to bunt for Friday so we don’t waste the at bat’s on this pile of garbage we call a bench. I still can’t believe that we don’t have anyone in the organization that can hit.

BRAVESFAN

October 2nd, 2012
11:10 pm

I’m ready to get my John Shango on!

ChipperisGod

October 2nd, 2012
11:12 pm

Guys had a couple of good hits tonight. Constanza seems to get at least one knock everytime he comes up, Ross had a nice hit, even Hinske hit the ball. Francisco had a nice double. Yes, it wasn’t an all star effort, but you gotta think about this, too: Fredi never gives these guys consistent reps. Francisco went two weeks without getting an at bat. He’s not good at picking his spots for pinch hitters and giving guys enough reps to be able to be consistent.

That’s the next thing for Fredi to improve on for next year. Hell, this year, right now!

NorCal Brave

October 2nd, 2012
11:27 pm

I wonder if Hanson gets as sick as we do of the same old self-analysis after every start. Rossy really had to search for words to compliment the wayward righty. Fredi: best of luck putting together a lineup that can crank out more than 1 or 2 runs Friday.

Ken Stallings

October 2nd, 2012
11:30 pm

That’s a catcher backing up his pitcher. But, I don’t think David Ross is saying those things to Fredi Gonzalez. But, we’ll never hear those sayings — that’s kept in the locker room or even Fredi’s office.

But, my eyes tell me the same story for Hanson. His location of not only his fastball, but also his curveball and slider is inconsistent and frequently over the heart of the plate. Yes, a couple of hits were on good pitches, one producing an RBI on a flare to left-center, and the first was the double down the first base line that was sheer luck. But, that leaves 7 other hits producing four earned runs that were center cut of the plate and exploited.

lee maye

October 2nd, 2012
11:44 pm

It’s time next year to let Delgado and Teheran pitch through their mistakes like Minor has. Minor has become a good pitcher and Delgado and Teheran can do the same. Hanson is done.

Big Redhead is Dead

October 2nd, 2012
11:49 pm

I think after the season is over an announcement from the Braves regarding surgery for Hanson. My guess he was told to have surgery last year but wanted to try rest and therapy. This winter he has no choice but have the surgery. He and Boris know his career is on the line. Please Frank, Fredi, and Roger leave him off the post season roster as his inconsistency is no help.

Brava

October 3rd, 2012
12:23 am

Who really cares?

Puma

October 3rd, 2012
12:52 am

ChipperisGod – on the head with Fredi not knowing how to rotate his bench guys into games to keep them fresh. That was one thing Bobby was pretty good at, always seemed to manage to get his bench guys one start a week – always seemed like a Sunday too.

man and dog

October 3rd, 2012
3:48 am

Fredi says the darndest things – I mean dumbest things. Excuse me Art.

man and dog

October 3rd, 2012
3:51 am

I’m PUMPED for this Friday game Braves. ARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF NOT< GET IT THE F*&^%$$ UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ben

October 3rd, 2012
6:48 am

I hope the Braves don’t give up on Hanson. He’s had a bad year, which I’m sure he’d readily admit. But, his “bad year” was still good enough to make him an average NL pitcher.

We done folks

October 3rd, 2012
7:14 am

Oakland and baltimore are the suprise in baseball….A’s pick be worst are 93-68 with the strangers um Rangers excuse me at 93-68 today game at 3:30pm a win by Oakland the tarp comes off upper deck for first time…..in some spots behind home plate to 3rd base…..texas would have play either baltimore are Ny yankees in wild card play-in game if oakland wins be other way ..Baltimore vs Texas at texas if Nyyankees lose n baltimore ties Ny after today and they win texas would go to Ny for one game play in after Ny vs baltimore one game playoff win east divison….You all followin that good luck…as for Braves chipper jones big mouth will again show a exit after st.louis come here and wins friday sorry chipper you get retire before 39,400 friday no be sold out(after all its in atlanta) if in stlouis be sold out!

terry bellamy

October 3rd, 2012
7:42 am

i hope the players are more confident than i am about fridays game.their bats are very anemic right now.and pray we dont load the bases when we have scoring opportunity. meadlin is great but he needs some runs so its not all on him.

Ralph

October 3rd, 2012
8:05 am

I hope I have seen Tommy Hanson in a Braves uniform for the last time!

bustersonly

October 3rd, 2012
8:10 am

I keep getting this feeling that Tommy has some kind of off field problems that are causing his on field problems, maybe too much of the hard stuff.

Ralph

October 3rd, 2012
8:18 am

A very good season for the BRAVO’s but i’m afraid it will be over after today, Cards will manage 3 runs off Medlen & Co but will not score more than 2 off the Cardinals. Not saying that the Cards have that great pitching but the Braves bats really suck.

Stumpknocker

October 3rd, 2012
8:43 am

Hansons’ nothing more than a flash in the pan. Paint him, powder him, gift wrap him, do what ever it takes to ship his butt somewhere else.

Darryl Blackberry

October 3rd, 2012
9:03 am

Not too late to trade Hanson. I hope Frank doesn’t just send him down to AAA. There’s no future for Tommy in Atlanta with the wealth of pitching talent the Braves have.

DIPEN PATEL

October 3rd, 2012
9:16 am

HEY YOU LOSER we done folks why are you even bothering invading OUR message board of OUR BRAVES, and I already totally sense that you’re one of those BIG MOUTH LOSER cardinal fans who have always totally shot their mouth off regarding the BRAVES and I can GUARANTEE you LOSER DEAD BIRD FANS that you won’t even be talking all this TOTALLY RETARDED OLD JUNK when the BRAVOS TOTALLY CHOP DOWN the DEADBIRDS FRIDAY NIGHT in TURNER FIELD.WE BRAVES FANS have always been totally different, especially when you will still be seeing US chatting on this board whether the BRAVES WIN or don’t WIN. GO BRAVESNATION in 2012 and TOTALLY BEYOND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DIPEN PATEL

October 3rd, 2012
9:25 am

There is no future for TOMMY HANSON in ATLANTA if he doesn’t live up to the BRAVES’S EXPECTATIONS, not at all because of ATLANTA’S PITCHING WEALTH, especially when you look those former BABY BRAVES such as Jeff Francoeur and Ryan Langerhans.

Quack Quack

October 3rd, 2012
9:33 am

GO BRAVES!!!!!!

BravesFanInBama

October 3rd, 2012
9:36 am

Dipen….Just…wow. You make my head hurt.

toby

October 3rd, 2012
9:47 am

With the pitching depth the braves have,and with Hanson’s agent being Boris,my thought is in the off season see what you can get,maybe a CF,because with Bourne’s agent being Boris also,i dont see him coming back? Hanson is with out a doubt the weakest spot in the rotation,cant see him haveing a spot next year.

J J

October 3rd, 2012
9:53 am

LOSERS again. 2 more games and they are bye bye. Poor Braves thy suck

DIPEN PATEL

October 3rd, 2012
10:06 am

Here we go again with these TOTALLY AUTISTIC DEADBIRD FANS and their LOSER DEADBIRDS who think they’re going to take down the BRAVES, YEAH OKAY WE BRAVES FANS are gonna see about that as I already pointed this out earlier how you AUTISTIC IDIOTS won’t even be talking all this BS on our board when KRIS MEDLEN CHOPS down those DEADBIRDS, you BIG MOUTH MORONS just wait till FRIDAY NIGHT because the BRAVES will have already be in the NLDS at around 12:00 midnight if this is a night game.GO BRAVESNATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Semper Fi Braves Fan

October 3rd, 2012
10:12 am

Slime into the playoffs, great strategy.

J J

October 3rd, 2012
10:26 am

it doent matter how medlen does. no bats you lose

Dan Uggla's Swing

October 3rd, 2012
11:32 am

I dont get all the complaining about yesterdays line up. There is nothing left to try to play for, division is decided, wont affect home field advantage, pretty much just an exhibition game at this point. The non-regulars need at-bats against live pitching to see who makes roster and who doesn’t. I like Don Sutton’s analogy: You only have as much momentum as the next days starting pitcher. As long as our starters keep it up, the offense doesn’t have to score 6 runs a game, but it would be nice. The Braves pitching staff is probably the best in the game right now (minus Hanson), I see good things coming our way. On top of that USA today is predicting the Braves to be the surprise team of the Playoffs. FIGHT LIKE A BRAVE!

DIPEN PATEL

October 3rd, 2012
11:43 am

HEY J.J GOOD POINT you should have said that earlier, but totally better saying it late than never even saying it.Yes the BRAVES will need need bats and baserunning speed to survive deep into OCTOBER.

reckingball

October 3rd, 2012
11:47 am

If the Braves can get by this one game shootout, they have the potential to go all the way to the MLB Championship.
I think that their chances are very good, at doing just that.
go braves

BillRGoat

October 3rd, 2012
12:16 pm

Of course it is normal to expect a close, low-scoring game Friday, but, baseball being the game it is, wouldn’t it be a shock to see the Braves win a 10-9 game in the bottom of the ninth inning? Actually, I am predicting that a total of THREE runs nwill be scored Friday, just hope it is 2-1 or 3-0 Braves.

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Brave New World

October 3rd, 2012
1:55 pm

Of course the Braves need to score runs in order to win – duh. But to hear some of the idotic comments on these blogs (not JJ’s comments – he’s just an idiot), you’d never know that the Braves have one of the best records in baseball. GO BRAVES!

Brave New World

October 3rd, 2012
1:55 pm

I meant “idiotic” – JJ taught me how to spell.

bustersonly

October 3rd, 2012
2:02 pm

reckingball

Your such an optimist, however don’t think you really believe one word of what you say.

Dawg Fud

October 3rd, 2012
2:04 pm

How long do we keep Tommy Hanson?

Everytime I read his quotes it starts with “yeah, I didn’t pitch the way I wanted to” or “it’s a matter of location my pitches better.”

The dude throws meat over the plate.

reckingball

October 3rd, 2012
2:39 pm

busterso……..I am, what is called a realist.
If, the Braves can win the WC game, I think that they have just as good of a chance to get into, and win, the WS.
Quite frankly, they probably don’t have the best team in the NL, but the ‘best’ teams don’t always win the whole shooting-match.

Ralph

October 3rd, 2012
2:39 pm

Hopefully we just saw Hinskie in a Braves uniform for the last time, I know he is a nice guy and a good clubhouse asset but honestly he needs to look for another line of work.

bustersonly

October 3rd, 2012
2:42 pm

reckingball

Your anything BUT a realist!

bustersonly

October 3rd, 2012
2:47 pm

Ralph
October 3rd, 2012
2:39 pm

Hopefully we just saw Hinskie in a Braves uniform for the last time

Agree Ralph but I just saw him again!

Brave New World

October 3rd, 2012
3:06 pm

reckingball: I like the way you think. GO BRAVES!

reckingball

October 3rd, 2012
4:53 pm

I think that Hinske would be a good coach.
I kind of doubt that he will be back with the Braves.
But who knows, other than the Braves front office?
go braves

reckingball

October 3rd, 2012
5:08 pm

buster @2:42………..If you care to look through the Blogs logs, you will see that I have been more ‘real’, about the Braves thus far, than all of the negative-ist, put togehter. HAHA.
Also buster @2:02…….”don’t think you believe a word of what you say”, perhaps you are not that good at thinking, because I really do believe what I say.
also buster@8:10……”I keep getting this feeling that Tommy has some kind of off field problem”,….. What exactly, would that kind of feeling be? Maybe you should see a doctor about that, it could be something serious.
go braves

J J

October 3rd, 2012
7:13 pm

I more game to prove how sorry they are. It won’t even be close. They need the mercy rule for that game. Braves losers again LOSERS LOSERS. Bye Bye Braves. Oh so sad. If they learn to hit they moght do better.

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