I had just finished voting in Capitol Avenue Club’s poll on who should start game 2 (I voted for Huddy for experience reasons.), when the news broke that Hanson was getting the nod. This will enable Hudson to pitch on six days rest in Game 3 (Saturday). Should the series go to a 4th game, the Braves will likely start Derek Lowe on short rest. Tommy Hanson would be able to pitch in a possible Game 5 on four days rest.
We also got more a clearer picture on Tuesday of what the postseason roster will look like when it’s unveiled Thursday. Freddie Freeman and Takashi Saito are among the players who found out Tuesday that they will not be part of the final 25. There was some hope that Freeman would get the last bench spot over Melky Cabrera, but this all but confirms that the Melkman made the cut.
As Carroll Rogers reports, Saito (shoulder tendonitis) will make the trip to San Francisco and will be ready to rejoin the team in event of an injury to someone else, and Jair Jurrjens will pitch in Orlando to gauge his availability for the NLCS.
Saito being left off the roster likely means that Kyle Farnsworth is the final reliever spot.
In other news, Tim Hudson was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year. Huddy’s 2.83 ERA was a career best, and his 1.115 WHIP is his lowest since 2003. Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano won the AL award.