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On the surface, it appears Hanson has taken a step back after his brilliant ’09 rookie season. His E...

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On the surface, it appears Hanson has taken a step back after his brilliant ’09 rookie season. His ERA sits at 3.69, up from 2.89, and his WHIP has jumped from 1.18 to 1.28. Despite the Braves’ first-place standing in the NL East, he’s managed to secure just eight wins in 23 starts. A closer looker reveals that line of thinking to be hogwash. His K/9 is inching ever closer to 9.0, the mark of a truly elite pitcher, and his walk rate has declined fairly significantly. His HR/FB ratio, an already miniscule 6.9 last year, is even more drool-worthy at 4.9 this season. There’s also a 53-point difference in his BABIP between this year’s and last, a sign the baseball gods have been a little less forgiving in 2010. The real kicker comes when you look at Hanson’s game log. He’s had two absolutely appalling starts that have greatly skewed his overall numbers. How much so? Well, if you throw out the two outings – in which he gave up 17 ERs and 21 hits in 5.1 innings – his ERA would sit at 2.66 and his WHIP would be 1.15. Those are elite numbers right there. Assuming he continues to positively progress and can avoid any massive pants-messing in 2011, Hanson has the ability to be the top pitcher in all of fantasy.

Some fantasy love for Tommy Hanson. He also gives a shout-out to Jonny Venters as a potential saves source next year.
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