Fresh off the coat tails of a near complete game on Wednesday night, San Francisco Giants’ starting pitcher Tim Hudson is proving he is a great addition to the Giants’ 40-man roster. Coming off of free agency and signing a two-year $23 million dollar contract, at age 38, Hudson is proving his worth.
After pitching 8.2 innings, with 89 pitches, Hudson was just one strike away from throwing his first complete game in almost 2 years. His 89th pitch ended up in the infamous McCovey Cove, hit by Yasmani Grandal of the San Diego Padres. Only within the blink of an eye did manager Bruce Bochy take Hudson off the mound to keep him from possibly blowing his win.
I’m sure the naysayers this past off season were concerned because Hudson was injured last year on July 24 when he was playing for the Atlanta Braves against the New York Mets. However, someone in the Giants’ back office felt confident Hudson would make a great addition to this team, especially with the way our starting pitching rotation has been since last season.
Regardless, the stats don’t lie. After last night’s game, Tim Hudson has an ERA of 2.17 with 4 wins and 1 loss under his belt so far this season. We have barely dug into the depths of the season, yet with this fire, I can bet most Giants’ fans are looking forward to what Hudson has in store for us in May.
As a veteran pitcher, with 16 years on his resume, a 3.42 ERA, and an overall record of 209-112, chances are good Tim Hudson will continue what he has started with the Giants.
As the team rolls into Atlanta for a 3-game series against the Braves starting Friday night, Hudson will not be pitching against his old team. Instead he will be sitting in the dugout, hopefully giving Tim Lincecum some pointers.