by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/22/2013) Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson bounced back from his two worst starts of the season Tuesday, earning a no-decision in a 5-4 rain-soaked win over the Twins.
Hudson pitched through a rain delay in the third inning, and was limited to just five innings and 81 pitches as a result. He allowed just two runs on five hits in his five innings of work, while striking out five batters.
Hudson, who had allowed 11 runs in his previous 8 2/3 innings, lowered his ERA on the season to 4.98. He is winless in his last three starts, as the Braves would need 10 innings to win, 5-4.
Hudson is scheduled to make his next start Monday against the Blue Jays.
Assessing Tim Hudson's skid
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson has the worst ERA of his career after another subpar start Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, and it is time to assess whether things are going to get any better for him.
So far, Hudson's main issue has been pitching out of jams with runners in scoring position; batters are hitting .385 against him with runners on second or third, compared to just .249 otherwise. As a result, 35.1 percent of all base runners have come around to score on him, a career-high rate. Entering the season, Hudson has allowed just 26.2 percent of base runners to come around and score on him in his career, so that is the biggest reason for his struggles.
Hudson is still racking up groundballs at a high rate, though he does have an abnormally high 13.6 home run per fly ball percentage. It is a bit of a generalization, but strand rate and home run per fly ball rate are based, at least partially, on chance, so Hudson could easily see those numbers turn around.
Hudson stands a pretty solid chance of turning his season around moving forward, so I wouldn't give up on him just yet.
Poor fifth inning dooms Tim Hudson
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson hit a speed bump in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, giving up four runs in a 5-3 loss. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings of work, striking out four.
Hudson entered the game with a stellar track record against the Diamondbacks in his career (7-0, 1.13 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 54 Ks in 67 2/3 innings over nine starts), but dropped to 4-3 this season with the disappointing outing.
He'll take a 5.12 ERA into next week's start against the Twins.
Tim Hudson falls to 4-2 with six-run outing
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson dropped to 4-2 on the year Friday after allowing six earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out four against the Giants. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, throwing 74 pitches.
Hudson saw his ERA rise to 4.70 with this ugly performance. He'll draw the Diamondbacks on the road Wednesday.
Milestone win helps Tim Hudson earn award
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) Braves pitcher Tim Hudson was named the National League Player of the Week Monday after earning his 200th career win last week. Hudson became the third active player to reach the mark after holding the Nationals to a run and three hits over seven innings Tuesday.
"It's a great accomplishment for anybody," Hudson told reporters last week. "But honestly, I feel like it's something along the way, and I hope I can accomplish a lot more in this game. I feel like I can play for a while."
Tim Hudson works seven strong again
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Braves pitcher Tim Hudson (4-1) was charged with three runs and five hits over 7 1/3 innings during a 9-4 victory over the Mets on Sunday. Hudson completed seven innings for the second straight game and sliced his ERA to 3.83 in his first outing since recording his 200th career win.
The veteran right-hander also matched a season high with seven strikeouts and walked just one batter as two of his runs allowed came on a homer by David Wright in the fourth inning. Hudson is sporting a 1.13 WHIP on the year.
He will take the mound again Friday at San Francisco, a team he posted a 2-0 record and 1.88 ERA against in two starts last season.
Tim Hudson shows pinch of power in 200th win
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson turned in a dominant performance and helped his cause with a home run to earn his 200th career victory Tuesday night in an 8-1 win against the Nationals.
Hudson allowed a run to score on a ground out in the fifth and yielded three hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked two in 96 pitches, 64 for strikes. He became the third active pitcher with 200 wins, joining Andy Pettitte (248) and Roy Halladay (201).
Hudson, who came into Tuesday's game with two career homers, took opposing reliever Zach Duke to the opposite field for a home run, which bounced off the glove of Bryce Harper. The 37-year-old added a double and was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The right-hander pitches Sunday at home against the Mets.
Tim Hudson denied 200th win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson was denied his 200th victory Wednesday when the Rockies came back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. Hudson went six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three and keeping his ERA at 4.50 on the year.
Hudson is scheduled to take on the Nationals at home early next week in his quest for win number 200.
Tim Hudson has to wait on 200th win
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson fell short in his first attempt at career win No. 200 Friday, losing 6-0 final to the Pirates.
The Braves had just two hits behind Hudson, who allowed six earned runs on nine hits and needed 85 pitches to get through four innings. Hudson walked two, struck out two and allowed his third home run in four outings.
Hudson (2-1) had his ERA rise from 2.50 to 4.50 and has 15 strikeouts and seven walks in his first 22 innings of the season. Hudson will go for his 200th win Wednesday against the Rockies, in Colorado. Hudson has an 8.04 ERA in five career starts at Coors field.
Fantasy owners need to start Tim Hudson
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) I'm a little bit surprised Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson heads into Fantasy Week 3 (April 15-21) being started in 60 percent of leagues despite a stellar start. Hopefully, that percentage will rise significantly before lineups lock Monday.
If you need a little push in the right direction, Hudson's next start comes Friday at Pittsburgh, which is an opponent he's had success against in his career. Hudson is 6-5 with a 2.90 ERA in 12 career starts against the Pirates, including a win last season. Hudson is also 3-3 with a 2.55 ERA in six starts at PNC Park.
If that's not enough, then the Pirates have the second-worst runs scored per game average (2.73) in the majors and have the league's worst batting average (.180).
Tim Hudson stellar on mound, at plate
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Braves pitcher Tim Hudson (2-0) surrendered a run and four hits over seven crisp innings during Atlanta's 3-1 victory at Washington on Saturday. Hudson allowed only a solo homer to Danny Espinosa as he shaved his ERA to 2.50.
He also finished with three strikeouts and no walks -- the first time this season he did not walk a batter. And not only did Hudson outduel Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg, he also got two singles off his hard-throwing counterpart.
"I'm not supposed to hit, so it was a little exciting getting those two knocks there, especially against a guy throwing that hard," Hudson said.
The veteran right-hander is lined up to face Pittsburgh on the road in his next projected start, a team against which he has posted a 2-2 record and 3.08 ERA in his past four starts.
Tim Hudson sets trap for Cubs
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Braves pitcher Tim Hudson (1-0) yielded a run and three hits over 6 2/3 innings for his first win -- 5-1 over the Cubs Sunday. He struck out seven and walked two while improving to 3-1 in seven career starts against Chicago with a 3.12 ERA.
Hudson is slated to start Saturday at Washington. The veteran right-hander went 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA -- his highest against an NL East opponents -- in three games versus the Nationals last season.
Tim Hudson doesn't last long enough for win
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) Braves pitcher Tim Hudson received the start on opening day against the Phillies on Monday but was not his sharpest. He allowed three runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings of work.
The right-hander made it through the first three frames unscathed before surrendering a solo homer to Chase Utley in the fourth. Then in the fifth, Hudson loaded the bases and was pulled after giving up a two-run single to Utley.
Hudson was done after throwing 90 pitches, 58 for strikes, and while he left with the lead still intact, the 37-year-old did not last long enough to qualify for the win.
Hudson also struck out three and walked three in the no-decision.
Tim Hudson tunes up for opening day
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) Braves starter Tim Hudson, expected to start on opening day, tuned up Tuesday in a Grapefruit League start against the Tigers.
Hudson gave up just one earned run on four hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out one and his ERA on the spring is now at 3.90.
The 37-year-old Hudson has had a so-so spring as he has allowed 13 earned runs over 30 innings with 11 Ks. He went 16-7 last year with a 3.62 ERA over 28 starts. Hudson has a 3.19 ERA over his last three seasons combined.
Tim Hudson makes 'biggest step' forward vs. Nats
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013) Braves pitcher Tim Hudson enjoyed a quality performance Thursday afternoon against the Nationals in Grapefruit League action. Hudson, who made his sixth start of the spring, tossed six scoreless innings and allowed just six hits in a 4-3 victory. He struck out five and is now 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA.
"Today was the biggest step I've made this spring," Hudson said. "My arm strength felt a lot better and that means a lot to all of my pitches."
Hudson, who went 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA last season, will take the mound opening day April vs. Philadelphia.
Tim Hudson named opening day starter for Braves
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013)Tim Hudson will start opening day for the Braves, manager Fredi Gonzalez announced.
Although Kris Medlen emerged as the team’s best pitcher down the stretch, Hudson is one of the longest-tenured players on the team. The 37-year-old will begin his ninth season with the Braves.
Hudson has been the epitome of consistency at the top of the Braves' rotation. In his eight seasons with the team, Hudson’s ERA has been above 4.00 just once. In 179 innings last season, Hudson had a 3.62 ERA and a 3.78 FIP.
Braves yet to announce opening day starter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/20/2013) MLB.com reports the Braves haven't announced yet whether Tim Hudson or Kris Medlen will start opening day (April 1) against the Phillies. Although, it's becoming apparent Hudson is on track to get the nod. Hudson is scheduled to pitch seven innings Thursday, which will be followed by his final spring start Tuesday. It would put him in line to start opening day.
Command lagging for Tim Hudson
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Atlanta starting pitcher Tim Hudson surrendered two runs and five hits over six innings during the Braves' 5-2 loss to the Mets in Grapefruit League action Friday. Hudson rebounded from a rough outing against the Marlins on Sunday, when he gave up nine hits and six runs in five innings. He allowed both runs Friday in the second inning, including a massive solo homer to Lucas Duda.
"A little better, but not a lot," said Hudson, who had a strikeout and two walks. "I'm still not where I want to be with my command. It's taking a little longer than I would like. I wish I was a little more fine-tuned. But there are still two weeks to go."
Hudson can't fry Fish
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013) Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson was hit hard during his fourth spring start Sunday against the Marlins. Miami wasted little time jumping all over Hudson, who surrendered a three-run homer to prospect Marcell Ozuna in the first inning. Miami added two more runs in the second. Hudson settled down before allowing another run in the fifth inning. He left after five innings, trailing 6-0. Hudson was charged with six runs on nine hits and one walk. He struck out one and saw his spring ERA rise from 4.00 to 6.43 against a punchless Marlins' lineup that featured no projected opening day starters. "I really felt good, believe it or not," said Hudson, who is trying to find his curveball. "The last couple of starts have been a train wreck from a production standpoint."
Hudson mediocre against Mets
(3/4/2013) Braves pitcher Tim Hudson had a so-so day against the Mets on Monday, giving up two runs on six hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out two.
Tigers get to Hudson
(2/27/2013) Braves pitcher Tim Hudson gave up two runs on two hits in three innings against the Tigers on Wednesday. He walked none and struck out a batter. "Obviously the older you get, the tougher it gets," Hudson told MLB.com. "It is a process, but you don't want to go out there and give up [a bunch of hits] and back up third even though it's only the spring. You don't want to get embarrassed, but at the same time, you know you're going to be a lot better three weeks from now than you are now."
Veteran Hudson getting loose
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/22/2013) Atlanta starting pitcher Tim Hudson worked two scoreless innings during his first Grapefruit League appearance Friday against Detroit. Hudson, who is entering his ninth season with the Braves, permitted only one baserunner on a walk before he was replaced by closer Craig Kimbrel in the third inning. The right-hander posted a 16-7 record and 3.62 ERA last season -- the sixth consecutive year he finished with a sub-4.00 ERA.
Hudson approaching last ride?
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/17/2013) In another indication of how quickly time passes, veteran starting pitcher Tim Hudson will enter his ninth season in Atlanta this year. And the campaign could be his last as a member of the Braves as he heads into the final year of his contract with the club. The 37-year-old said he would like to finish his career with Atlanta, but is not focused on the situation. "We'll make the most of it," he told MLB.com. "My job is to go out and help this team win. I'm going to enjoy it and savor it as much as I can. Hopefully it's not, but it could be the last year for me here. Hopefully, I'll play a while longer, and hopefully it's here."