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Tim Hudson Leaving NL East is Fantastic for Washington Nationals

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

When former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson signed with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday afternoon, a collective sigh of relief was let out by the Washington Nationals.

For years, Hudson tormented the Nationals; if he could pick one team to pitch against in every outing, it would likely be Washington. In 29 starts, Hudson is 16-5 with 2.45 ERA and a complete game shutout. Over 198 strong innings, he’s struck out 137 batters while walking just 47 and giving only 11 home runs.

Let’s dive a little deeper into his dominance. He’s got a lifetime WHIP of 1.086 against Washington and averages 6.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He’s certainly going to miss coming to Nationals Park as he’s 5-1 in D.C. with a 2.95 ERA. Simply put, he has dominated the Nats.

So that’s why it’s safe to believe that deep down, the Nationals are happy to see Hudson exit the NL East and head west to San Francisco. Washington does have two series for a total of seven games against San Francisco in 2014, but it sure beats having to face Hudson upwards of three or four times a season.

Against the Braves this past season, the Nationals struggled to put runs on the board regardless of who was on the mound. For the better part of their tenure here in our nation’s capitol, however, they’ve struggled to find any success against the right-handed Hudson.

Maybe now that he’s gone, the Nationals will be able to steal a couple more wins from the Braves in 2014 and get back on top of the NL East.

Brian Skinnell is a freelance sports writer for RantSports.com and contributor at Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.