The 200 win club is often considered one of the biggest statistical milestones for pitchers. It is an exclusive club, made up of only 112 pitchers throughout the storied history of Major League Baseball. The list is replete with Hall of Famers: 51 of the 112 currently reside in Cooperstown and more will certainly be voted in when eligible. Of those 112 pitchers, only 2 are currently active: Roy Halladay and Andy Pettitte.
Many of the best pitchers to ever wear a Braves uniform count themselves as members of the 200 win club, among them: Warren Spahn (363), Kid Nichols (361), Greg Maddux (355), Phil Niekro (318), Tom Glavine (305), Al Spalding (253), and John Smoltz (213). Tonight, Tim Hudson makes his first bid to join that elite company.
Hudson notched win #199 in impressive fashion against the Nationals last Saturday, tossing 7 innings of 4-hit, 1-run ball against one of the best offenses in the National League. That win gave Hudson a career record of 199-104, good for a .6568 win percentage. In addition to being the third winningest active pitcher, Hudson also has the third best winning percentage of any active pitcher.
Tonight, Hudson goes for win #200 against a suddenly hot Pittsburgh Pirates lineup. Julio Teheran struggled mightily against the Pirates last night, giving up 2 home runs across 5 innings of work. If Hudson is able to keep the ball on the ground tonight, he should see better results. Opposing Tim Hudson is Wandy Rodriguez, who has pitched well for the Pirates so far this season.
Fredi will do his best to try and get Huddy that win, as he trots out a lineup featuring on one left-handed hitter against the lefty Rodriguez. The Braves lineup behind Hudson like so: