Tim Hudson Returns to Comfort Zone for Atlanta Braves

By Daniel Kock
Tim Hudson Atlanta Braves
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Simply put, Tim Hudson (4-3, 5.12) has been very good at Turner Field and very bad everywhere else so far this 2013 MLB season.

He is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four starts at home, and 1-3 with a 7.36 ERA in five starts away from Turner Field.

While the road struggles have reason for concern, the Atlanta Braves (26-18) hope the success at home continues on Tuesday night as the Braves take on the Minnesota Twins (18-23) with hopes of extending their win-streak to five games.

For whatever reason, Hudson has looked much more comfortable at home in 2013. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his starts and failed only once to get through five innings of work. He also turned in his most dominant and memorable performance of the season at home in a three-hit, six-strikeout performance against the Washington Nationals for his 200th career win.

At home, Hudson is holding opponents to a .181 batting average and .549 OPS. In comparison, opponents are hitting a robust .330 with a .928 OPS on the road.

The veteran right-hander needs a strong start after back-to-back poor performances in Arizona and San Francisco in which he allowed a combined 11 earned runs in 8.2 innings.

To do that, Hudson will need to limit the production of the Twins’ Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Mauer leads the team with his .333 batting average while Morneau leads the team with 29 RBI. Hudson has held the pair of left-handed hitters in check throughout his career, however, as the two are a combined 3-for-27 in their careers off Hudson.

If those numbers continue on Tuesday night, the home success Hudson has had in 2013 should also continue.

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