Tommy Hanson at the Head of the Class

Posted: 16th September 2009 by Alex Danvers in MLB
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Tommy Hanson won his 10th game yesterday, mowing down the Mets lineup. In a season full of breakout rookie starters, has he been the best?   First, to put how good this year’s class of rookie starters is in perspective, let’s look at some numbers:   5: Rookie starters with an ERA under 3.50 6: Rookie starters with 100 or more K’s 7: Rookie starters with quality starts in more than half their starts 8: Rookie starters with 10 or more wins 9: Rookie starters with a K/9 rate better than 7.0   This is a class that includes J.A. Happ, Randy Wells, Rick Porcello, Jeff Niemann, Kenshin Kawakami, Rick Romero, and Brett Anderson—all pitchers that have made significant contributions to their teams in their first seasons.   But even next to this ...

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