With all the players not going to Phoenix for the All-Star game, and therefore all the replacements going, you will hear a lot of "Well, you're not going to have any snubbed players left out this year."
Well, that's just not true.
Atlanta starting pitcher Tommy Hanson was definitely snubbed. He deserves to be on the roster for the National League. He should have been on the original roster, and he definitely should have been named as one of the replacement.
On Sunday Pittsburgh's Kevin Correia of Pittsburgh was named to replace Philadelphia's Cole Hamels, who pitched Sunday and was not eligible to pitch in the game on Tuesday. But since Hamels was a player's pick, they had to use the next pitcher on the list, which was Correia.
And then Sunday night, MLB announced that Hanson's teammate, closer Craig Kimbrel, was replacing Matt Cain, who also pitched on Sunday. The feeling was Kimbrel, who leads the NL in saves, could warm up quicker since he would be used in the game later anyway.
That left Hanson out, which is ridiculous.
Hanson leads the National League in opposing batting average allowed, with a .190 mark. The next closest pitcher is Hamels, who has allowed a .207 average this season.
Hanson's 6.097 stat in hits allowed per nine innings pitched is also the best in the NL. Again, Hamels is next, and it's not even close (6.968).
Hanson is also second in the NL in WHIP (1.016), third in ERA (2.44) and in strikeouts per nine innings pitched (9.494), tied for fifth in wins with 10 and eighth in strikeouts with 109.
Hanson's 2.44 ERA is the seventh-best in the majors, and he's the only one of the top nine in ERA that is not on the All-Star roster.
In fact, the other pitchers on the NL roster are all right there with Hanson on the statistical leaderboards, but he's the only one not going to Phoenix.
Hanson's success since last year at the break is also worth noting. He's now 12-10 in 33 starts with a 2.48 ERA. Hanson has allowed 146 hits in 203.2 innings, with 56 earned runs, 57 walks and 178 strikeouts.
And with that success, Hanson's career ERA is now under 3.00 - at 2.99 in 72 starts since June 2009.
All of that, and he's not going to Phoenix. But it's obvious that Hanson should be.
Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on
WPLA Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, GA and WCOH Fox Sports 1400 in Newnan, GA. Shanks is a columnist for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/billshanks.
The Case for Tommy Hanson
Atlanta Dugout Top Stories
2017 Atlanta Braves Team PreviewDr. Roto previews each and every Fantasy relevant player on the Atlanta Braves as we approach opening day!
Brandon Phillips Traded to Atlanta BravesAdam Ronis examines how Brandon Phillips' departure from the Cincinnati Reds will impact the Fantasy Baseball landscape in 2017.
Atlanta Braves Fantasy Baseball PodcastDr. Roto takes a closer look at the Atlanta Braves.
2017 Atlanta Braves Team OutlookSenior Fantasy Baseball Expert Shawn Childs provides in-depth profiles for each and every player on the Atlanta Braves heading into the 2017 season. As the first preview of the…
Scout's Top-100 MLB Prospects: Players 80-71Scout.com unveils its 2017 top-100 MLB prospects ranking. Here is an in-depth look on each of the players from 80-71.
Scouting BaseballThursday at 7:37 PM