In the Los Angeles Angels starting rotation there rests a man that originated in the highly respected Atlanta Braves organization. After Tommy Hanson was forced to move on from his Braves beginnings because of terrible problems on the mound, the Angels were the team to give him his second chance. Hanson wanted to prove he could still be a dominant pitcher even if he didn’t pitch in the same way he did when he originally arrived on the MLB scene. So far he is making the most of his second chance.
That isn’t to say things have been perfect for Hanson because they haven’t. He has given up three runs twice and five runs once but he has also shown signs of being able to shut down another club. Anyone that can shutout the Detroit Tigers for six innings should earn the respect of most every team in the major leagues and Hanson did that this year.
Now he is about to make his return from grieving the tragic loss of his brother. Anything like that never truly goes away. Anyone that has lost someone that close to them fully will understand what Hanson has been through and will continue to go through. Still we all also know that life must go on and that brings Hanson back to the mound to face the improved Houston Astros for his first game back.
Four of his five starts have seen Hanson give up three runs or less and give the team a chance to win. The offense of the Angels is performing much better for the last several weeks and that kind of performance will likely end up in a win more times than not. The Angels and Hanson might end this season getting the best that each had to offer the other. I can’t think of a better way for their story to start.