The old man's still got it!
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson was named the National League's Pitcher of the Week for his work this past week. He not only won the 200th game of his career on Tuesday, but he followed that up with another sterling performance yesterday afternoon.
Hudson went 2-and-0 with a 2.51 ERA, holding batters to a .158 batting average against. Oh, and Hudson also went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run at the plate. (Opposite field home run!)
It's great to see the guy who is supposed to be our ace acting like it. Hudson had a rough start in Pittsburgh, giving up six runs in just four innings of work, but he's bounced back strong since then. The competitor in him was probably pissed to no end that he allowed the Bucs to hit him that hard.
Hopefully he can continue his solid work throughout the season. I have no expectation that he'll be as good as he was during his 200th win, but an effort similar to yesterday's game would suit me just fine. He'll face the defending World Series Champion Giants in San Francisco next, and his mound opponent will be Matt Cain.