If you’re looking for pitching help down the stretch in this fantasy baseball season, look to the Atlanta Braves and rookie right-hander Tommy Hanson.
Hanson won his fourth straight start on Saturday night, combining with relievers Mike Gonzalez (hold) and Rafael Soriano (save # 19) on a four hitter. Hanson has not allowed more than 3 runs or 7 hits in each of his four August starts.
And, he did it Saturday against one of the hottest hitting teams in MLB history. Prior to the Braves’ series, the Marlins had 10 or more hits in 15 consecutive games. You have to look back 80 years to find a team that had double digit hit totals for 15 consecutive games.
Hanson was in Triple-A until June when he finally hit the Big Leagues. Since coming up, Hanson is 9-2 in 14 starts. His 9 wins by a rookie pitcher is second only to division rival Philadelphia’s J.A. Happ who has 10.
“It was good to get that [early lead],” said Hanson (9-2), who took a no-hitter to the fifth inning and won his fourth consecutive start. “I just wanted to go out and stay aggressive, let them put the ball in play.”
Hanson is a must start in all formats of fantasy baseball. He will get his next start on Friday night as the second place Braves play the NL East leading Philadelphia Phillies and its left-handed dominant lineup.