Starting pitcher Tim Hudson (4-5, 4.48) struggled mightily in May for the Atlanta Braves as he posted a 1-3 record and 7.33 ERA while allowing opponents to hit .304.
The veteran right-hander hopes June will be more kind, and as he recently told MLB.com he has “made a few adjustments in [his] delivery” to make that happen.
So far, those adjustments have paid off for Hudson, who has a 0.63 ERA in 14.1 innings in two starts in June. He has held opponents to a .143 average and posted a 0.56 WHIP. In his last start, Hudson allowed just one earned run off four hits to the Los Angeles Dodgers, but was the tough luck loser as the Braves were unable to score.
To build on that June success, Hudson will look to stifle the San Diego Padres, who homered twice off Julio Teheran and pushed across seven runs on Monday. Hudson is 6-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his career against the Padres and 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA in four career starts at Petco Park.
One hitter the Braves kept in check on Monday who Hudson will also need to keep off the bases is Everth Cabrera. The leadoff hitter for the Padres has stolen a MLB-leading 29 bases while hitting .293 and posting a .369 OBP. The Padres offense is much more dangerous when he gets on and wreaks havoc on the bases.
Also, keep an eye on cleanup hitter Carlos Quentin as he has three hits, including two home runs, in six at-bats in his career against Hudson.
Hudson hopes to notch his first win in June, but more importantly keep building on the strides he’s taken this month.