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Pitcher Preview: Tommy Hanson vs. Kyle Gibson

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Neither starting pitcher tonight has ever faced a batter on the opposing team--but for two different reasons. Let's take a closer look at the hurlers.

"Hi, I'm Tommy Hanson. I throw balls like this for a living."
"Hi, I'm Tommy Hanson. I throw balls like this for a living."
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Angels


Tommy Hanson

#48 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Angels

6-6

220

R

R

Aug 28, 1986



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Tommy Hanson 4-2 9 9 0 0 0 0 47.2 57 29 27 9 17 33 5.10 1.55

Tommy Hanson has only been able to make nine starts so far this season because of time spent on the bereavement list and the disabled list. His last MLB start was June 20th against the Mariners, and he had a bit of a rough time, giving up 7 earned runs and lasting just two innings. Since then, he's been rehabing a right forearm strain in Class A.

Since this is Tommy's first year pitching in the AL (as you can see, he used to be a Brave), none of the Twins hitters have faced him before.

Technically, Mike Pelfrey has a career BA of .500 versus Hanson, but that's just based on 2 ABs, so nothing big. Also, American League, so who cares.

Twins


Kyle Gibson

#32 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-6

210

R

R

Oct 23, 1987



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Kyle Gibson 2-2 4 4 0 0 0 0 22.1 28 17 16 0 9 11 6.45 1.66

Kyle Gibson will make his fifth major league start tonight, meaning he's never faced any of the Angels batters. It's all still so new, and Gibby is still getting his feet wet. Kyle his struggled a bit in his last three games, giving up 14 earned runs over a combined 16.1 innings pitched. To be fair, two of the games were against the Yankees and one was against the Rays, who hit well or at least always seem to clobber the Twins.

A key for Kyle Gibson tonight is to limit his walks, which have been on the rise and haunting him, as walks are wont to do.