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What’s the deal with Tommy Hanson?

Aug 7, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

Tommy Hanson AP

The Braves have enough rotation depth to weather just about any storm, but that doesn’t make Tommy Hanson‘s recent failures any less disconcerting.

The 24-year-old ace was shelled for seven earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Mets. He surrendered eight hits, issued two walks, and watched his ERA climb from 3.20 to 3.60.

And it’s possible that the slide will continue.

Hanson went 9-4 with a 2.60 ERA through the end of June, but he allowed 36 hits and 19 earned runs in 37 1/3 innings during the month of July and his August is off to an even rougher start.

The right-hander spent time on the disabled list earlier this year with shoulder tendinitis and hinted to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after Saturday’s game that he’s still being bothered by some discomfort.

“I’ve never made an excuse and I’m not going to,” said Hanson. “I felt good enough to go out there and help my team win the game. They did their part and I didn’t. I just didn’t have very good command. Actually, I had horrible command.”

The Braves hold a comfortable 3 1/2 game lead in the National League Wild Card standings, but the Diamondbacks are charging hard and the Giants could also be in the mix. Feeling “good enough” might not cut it any longer for Hanson. A couple weeks off would put him in far better shape for the September stretch run.

  1. spudchukar - Aug 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Drew, not sure the term comfortable is the choice of words I would use with 3 1/2 game lead, fifty games to play and a tough September schedule.

    • Drew Silva - Aug 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      Eh, yeah. Comfortable for now.

  2. mightywu - Aug 7, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Atlanta would do well to look over their shoulder. I’m not comfortable at all with the wild card situation. And now Jurgens is on the dl. Yikes.

  3. nlfan865 - Aug 8, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    The Braves are pretty secure with their pitching depth…All the more reason they bring up Minor instead of Tehran….What they need to do is what theyve needed to do all year and that is Score Runs….they are starting to show signs of improving with the addition of speed to the lineup with Borne and Constanza…we know this team can hit we just need to score runs when we are losing games or winning by a run after outhittng a team with double digits its driving us down…not sure about the men left on base numbers but i know its probably high

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