Tim Hudson will be named to the All-Star team for this fourth time in his career. Hudson will be the replacement selection for Madison Bumgarner who is scheduled to pitch for the San Francisco Giants today. Because of his start today, he will not be eligible to pitch in the game, so his spot is up for grabs. Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News broke the official news today.
Officially, Hudson won’t be named until Bumgarner throws his first pitch today.
This will be Hudson’s fourth All-Star appearance, and first since 2010. He’s 7-6 this season with a team leading 2.87 ERA, and is having his best season since 2010. He started the season off hot, posting a 2.17 ERA in April and a 1.46 ERA in May. June and July have been a bit tougher on Hudson, corresponding to the Giants offensive struggles. He’s had two games this season where he pitched less than 5 innings, and 11 games pitching 7 innings or more. Overall, he’s been the most consistent starter in the rotation for the Giants.
Congratulations to Hudson on the pending nod. It’s well deserved based on his season as a whole and is a nice cake topper after his horrific season-ending injury with the Atlanta Braves last season.