Minor League Phenom Tommy Hanson Set to Make Debut Sunday vs. Brewers

Jordan StarlingContributor IJune 7, 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Pitcher Tommy Hanson #73 of the Atlanta Braves poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo Day on February 19, 2009 at Champions Stadium at Walt Disney World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Finally, the moment all Braves fans have been waiting for. The long anticipated arrival of Minor League Phenom Tommy Hanson will square off with the Brewers Manny Parra (3-7) in the series finale.

While hopes are high that Hanson will do just fine in his debut, the eyes are focused directly on the Braves offense who has failed to score a single run in the first two match-ups with the Brew Crew.

Hanson has basically dominated the start of the season at Gwinnett, recording 90 strikeouts in just 66 innings while only allowing 40 hits.

While the chances for the Braves overall success looks bright, the offensive struggles have toppled the Braves in their last two games at Turner Field. Saturday they were delivered their second straight shutout while stranding an exceptionally high number of runners on base.

With the addition of Tommy Hanson to the already exceptional pitching staff of the Braves, the offense will have to play its roll if they stand a chance to even contend in the NL East. While the Phillies have stumbled the past two days on blown saves from closer Brad Lidge, the Atlanta Braves cannot afford to drop games.

If the offense does not get going as soon as tomorrow, look for the Braves to be out of contention for the NL East and even Wild card by as early as the All-Star Break.

The only question Braves fans need to ask themselves is whether or not the Braves will be buyers or sellers by the time July rolls around. With the continued poor performance by the line-up, Tommy Hanson might not be around as long as we might hope.