Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson dominated Saturday in a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals. The performance should not have come as a surprise to any considering Hudson has been outstanding through the first few games of the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Hudson allowed just one earned run on four hits while striking out three batters in seven innings against a talented Washington offense. Considering how close the score was for a majority of the game, the Braves needed Hudson to be on his best. Obviously, not the easiest task when pitching on the same mound as Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.
“Close games like today, well-pitched games for both sides, I think there are the little things you need to do to win the game,” Hudson told Braves.com. “They made one mistake defensively that cost them the game. We were pretty solid all day.”
Hudson has been pretty solid all year, well the three games he has appeared in so far this year. The 37-year-old is 2-0 with a respectable 2.50 earned run average and 13 strikeouts in 18 innings. The decent performance against the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day and victory over the Chicago Cubs on April 7 was good, but nowhere near as solid as his outing in Washington.
The Braves have won 10 of the 11 games they have played through the first two weeks of the season. The entire pitching staff has been incredible, as they have posted a Major League-best 1.98 ERA in 100 innings. Clearly, a lot of this stems from what Hudson has been able to accomplish right out of the gate.
It will be interesting to see where the rotation and bullpen take the team in 2013. One thing is for certain, if Hudson continues pitching at a high level, Atlanta is in for a treat.