Today we preview/predict the guy everyone wants to tab as the next great Atlanta Braves ace. Tommy Hanson had a great year last year by some metrics, but he also hit a bit of a sophomore slump. His strikeout rate went down, his hit rate increased, though overall he allowed fewer baserunners because his walk rate dropped dramatically. All of this culminated in a losing record of 10-and-11. Though that isn't really a fair record, or an accurate portrayal of how good he was.
Hanson had the most blown wins on the team, and the second-most blown wins in the National League -- these are games in which he was in a position to win when he left the game, but the bullpen blew the lead. There were five such games like that. Add those to his win-loss total, even a couple of them, and his season suddenly looks a lot better to the average fan. Hanson was also tied for the NL lead in no decisions with 13, four more than any other Braves starting pitcher.
I guess it's a good thing we're not trying to predict wins and losses this year.
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Tommy Hanson's Baseball Reference comparable players by age (1000 equals most comparable). Kind of underwhelming, and there's Scott Sanderson again, for the second day in a row.
Tommy Hanson trivia fact: Both Tommy Hanson and Bobby Cox were born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and both went to high school in California.