Atlanta Braves Starter Tim Hudson’s 7-Game Winless Streak
Since winning the 201st game of his career on May 5 thanks to 7.1 innings of three-run, five-hit ball in which he struck out seven and walked one as part of a 9-4 victory over the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson has endured a seven-game winless streak.
Although the rest of May was brutal, Hudson has rebounded in June, pitching at least seven innings in all three of his starts while combining for 16 strikeouts and just two walks. His sinker has been working as well, as he has induced 13 groundballs twice. Unfortunately, his record for the month currently sits at 0-2 due to a lack of run support.
"I feel like the last two or three times out, I'm right where I want to be," Hudson told Mark Bowman of MLB.com. "I just don't have a whole lot to show for it from a wins standpoint. But if I just keep throwing the way I have been the last three or four starts, it's going to be a good year."
That may be so, but it has certainly been a difficult stretch for the 37-year-old, who has never posted a losing record and has won at least 16 games in each of the last three years since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
With Brandon Beachy just about ready to return from his own Tommy John surgery, this is absolutely no time for Hudson to suffer through such a dreadful period -- not that there's ever a good time to endure such a stretch -- given that Beachy will likely replace one of Atlanta's starters.
Here is my look at Hudson's seven-game winless streak.
May 10 at San Francisco Giants
Matched up with San Francisco Giants no. 1 starter Matt Cain, Hudson experienced his worst start of the season when he lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking one in an 8-2 defeat. In the end, his record dropped to 4-2 because Cain, who has been up-and-down himself, provided San Francisco with one of his best performances of the season.
May 15 at Arizona Diamondbacks
After surrendering five runs on eight hits and walking two in five innings during a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Hudson was saddled with his second consecutive defeat. Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy also lasted just five innings, but he was much more effective than his opposite pitcher.
May 21 vs. Minnesota Twins
Hudson again pitched only five innings against the Minnesota Twins, although a late rally by the Braves gave them a 5-4 win and earned him a no-decision. Because he allowed just two runs on five hits, his ERA dipped back below 5.00 at 4.98.
May 27 at Toronto Blue Jays
In his second straight interleague start, Hudson was shelled to the tune of six runs on eight hits -- including two home runs -- in six innings. The Toronto Blue Jays ultimately cruised to a 9-3 victory behind their own veteran starter Mark Buehrle, sending Hudson's record to 4-4.
June 1 vs. Washington Nationals
Although my birthday was a happy one thanks to a 2-1 Braves win over the Washington Nationals, Hudson was not the beneficiary, as he settled for a no-decision despite tossing 7.1 innings of one-run (none earned), three-hit ball, striking out four and walking one.
June 6 at Los Angeles Dodgers
Hudson's bad luck against the National League West continued, as he was outpitched by Los Angeles Dodgers ace Zach Greinke even though he provided Atlanta with seven innings of one-run, four-hit ball in which he struck out five and walked none. The Dodgers ended up winning 5-0 as the Braves' bats went cold and Hudson's record fell below .500.
June 11 at San Diego Padres
Hudson had a rocky beginning against the San Diego Padres, but ended up giving the Braves a quality start with 7.1 innings of three-run, five-hit ball, striking out seven and walking one. However, the offense once again failed to back him up, as he dropped to 4-6 following a 3-2 loss.