Tim Hudson faces the Blue Jays today in interleague action as the 37 year-old right hander looks to stop Toronto's win streak at one game. Hudson has pitched 56 innings this year surrendering 31 earned runs (4.98 ERA/ 3.74 FIP). He has a 7.07 K/9 thus far which is quite a high number for him and a 2.41 BB/9, which is the exact same number he had with the Braves last year. He also recorded his 1,600th career strikeout against J.P. Arencibia, which is just shocking.
Hudson throws a four-seamer, sinker, cutter/slider, splitter, and curveball. His velocity has stayed constant around 90 MPH with his fastballs throughout his career. He's mainly a sinker ball pitcher throwing the pitch 41% of the time this season. His splitter has been a fairly effective off-speed pitch this year, getting 40% whiffs/swing mainly against lefties.
He also throws a knuckleball! (click the gif)
Hudson pounds the outside of the zone against lefties with his sinker as you can see:
Against righties his cutter fades off the outside of the plate, which has been a big problem for Blue Jays hitters this year.
Should Lind Play: YES
Left handers hit Hudson better as you would expect blahblahblah here's my hopeful lineup!
- Cabrera LF
- Bautista RF
- Lind DH
- Encarnacion 1B
- Lawrie 3B
- Rasmus CF
- Arencibia C
- Bonifacio 2B
- Kawasaki SS
For today's "Find the Link":
Find the link between Tim Hudson and the 2011 first overall pick in the NFL draft.
The Braves are really good, so start praying to the baseball gods for a "Miracle against the Hudson".