Hanson searching for consistency
After watching Tommy Hanson struggle again during last night’s loss to the Brewers, Chipper Jones said, “For the first three or four innings, they were swinging like they knew what was coming.”
There’s obviously a chance that Hanson has been tipping his pitches. But his problems seem to primarily stem from the fact that he’s had trouble finding a consistent release point. This seemingly led to him throwing more sliders than normal on Friday night.
Instead of simply referring to Hanson’s inconsistencies as a sophomore slump, it might be better to describe them as a product of one of the disadvantages created by a 6-foot-6 frame.
While this might not have been a problem last year, Hanson has certainly had plenty of trouble keeping his lanky frame in sync with many of his deliveries this year.
This is not a problem that will be fixed overnight. But by the time October rolls around, the Braves will need him to be ready to serve as one of the horses that could carry them through the postseason.
Heyward rests: With Chris Narveson starting for the Brewers tonight, Braves manager Bobby Cox has decided to rest his left-handed sluggers — Jason Heyward and Brian McCann. Left-handed hitters have batted just .204 against Narveson this year. Right-handed hitters are batting .335 against him.