Sunday’s pitching preview: Young vs. Hanson

Chris Young (4-7, 4.48 ERA) will start for the Mets today.

Young earned the victory with five effective innings against the Marlins last week – he allowed a run on five hits for his fourth win of the season. It was just the fifth time in 16 games the Mets have won when Young has started. Young was hammered in his only start of the season against the Braves back in July when he allowed five runs in three innings – he is 2-3 with an 8.33 ERA in six starts against Atlanta in his career.

Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.40 ERA) will start for the Braves today.

Hanson allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rockies in his last start. Hanson has lost his last three starts and has pitched to a 5.52 ERA over that span. Hanson is 0-2 with a 5.71 ERA in three starts against the Mets this season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Young pitched well for five innings in his last start, doing what he normally does to get outs: he threw his fastball most of the time, sat up in the zone, and pitched to weak contact in the air to keep runners from taking bases on outs. Young’s problem has been he has such a small margin for error when it comes to the location of his fastball. He throws in the low 80′s, and so when he spots his fastball below the letters, he is incredibly hittable.