Even great pitchers have their ups and downs. Literally for sinkerball pitchers, ups and downs as in sinkers that don’t sink, can lead to losses in bunches. That has been the case lately for the Atlanta Braves resident veteran pitcher Tim Hudson. Hudson lost his third straight decision against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night and gave up six runs in the process. With ace caliber Brandon Beachey on the rehab road to returning to the starting rotation, I can’t help but wonder what the front office is thinking about Huddy’s recent struggles in regards to the question of who will leave the rotation once Beachey comes back.
Fredi Gonzalez said that Hudson would be fine because he was a veteran guy. He will figure it out and be just fine. Chances are that Hudson will figure things out and finish the season pretty strong but the recent struggles still make me wonder if the best course of action by the Braves front office and Gonzalez might be to either move Hudson to a bullpen type role or try and trade him.
Hudson has always been a starter and I don’t know how he would react to a bullpen assignment. At the same time he really wants to finish his career with as many games in Atlanta as possible. As much as I love Hudson, I would like to see him take a bullpen role and see what happens. Who knows? That might jump start a new area of his career like it did for John Smoltz.
Either way I hate to think that Hudson is the best option for a starter to go when Beachey returns but it sure seems that way right now. Although I should mention that Hudson is the veteran presence in the rotation that the other pitchers certainly need and his clubhouse presence is invaluable. This might fall under the category of all good things coming to an end however. Whichever way things work out, there will be a tough move for someone when Beachey returns. It just might have to be Hudson.