J.A. Happ’s Secret: Why Tommy Hanson Deserves NL Rookie of the Year

Posted: 27th October 2009 by Josh Rutledge in MLB
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Any other season, Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson would be the top pitching candidate for National League Rookie of the Year. But this year, he isn't likely to win the award.áWhy? Because he's going up against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ, who, quite simply, isn't a rookie. Perhaps the biggest factor impacting Hanson is that he only entered the scene for the final four months of the season. Happ pitched in 35 games. Hanson pitched in only 21. But in those 21 games, Hanson compiled an 11-4 record and a 2.89 ERA. If you take those numbers and plug them into a 162-game average, Hanson finishes with an 18-6 record. Those sort of numbers would have warranted him votes for the Cy Young Award. On the other hand, Happ went 12-4 for the Phillies while holding a respectable 2.93 ERA. ...

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