San Francisco Giants: 5 Reasons Why Tim Hudson Will Dominate With New Team
Look Out For A Masterful Hudson In 2014
Although 15-year veteran pitcher Tim Hudson is coming off a nasty ankle fracture in July of last season, many consider the two-year, $23 million contract he signed to be a steal for the San Francisco Giants. The thing is they’re right.
Hudson was pitching phenomenally when he went down with the injury. He won his last four starts of the 2013 season, including the one he left when he suffered the fracture. Hudson proved that he still has gas left in the tank, yet teams were scared to go after him because of the injury. Well, Hudson recently got the last remaining hardware from surgery to his fractured ankle removed, and he will reportedly be 100 percent by the time Spring Training rolls around.
Score one for the San Francisco Giants. They signed a vital to piece to their 2014 pitching rotation and at a bargain price. San Francisco desperately needed help in its rotation, too. Just one regular starter — Madison Bumgarner — earned a winning record in 2013. Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong, as well as former Cy Young winners Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum all struggled throughout the better portion of the season.
Zito is gone, and Vogelsong will likely follow. Signing Hudson was huge for San Francisco. Although the team still needs to find a No. 5 starter, the decision to bring in Hudson was brilliant. As you will find out, Hudson is primed to dominate for the Giants. He has a chance to make his contract the best $23 million general manager Brian Sabean has ever spent.
5. Return To West Coast
One of the main reasons Tim Hudson decided to sign with the San Francisco Giants was to return to the West Coast, mainly the Bay Area, where he spent six seasons with the Oakland Athletics. Those six years were possibly the best years of his 15-year career in MLB. His career record in Oakland was 92-39 with a 3.30 ERA including an MLB-best 20 wins in 2000. He loves the area and will hopefully be able to reconnect with his once Cy Young caliber self.
4. Fans Of San Francisco
Another cause Hudson mentioned for him choosing San Francisco was the city’s fans. There’s no arguing that, either. Giants fans are among the most diehard, loyal and supportive fans in baseball. He’ll feel right at home the second he steps onto the mound at AT&T Park. In success or in failure, the fans will surely always have the veteran’s back. Look what happened to Hudson’s former teammate in Oakland, Barry Zito.
3. Pitcher's Ballpark
Tim Hudson will without question welcome the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park. It has forever been considered one of the hardest parks in baseball to hit home runs. Right-center field stretches out to some 421 feet, helping keep left-handed sluggers inside the ballpark. Hudson has mediocre record, however, pitching in San Francisco: 3-3, 3.82 ERA and 1.231 WHIP in eight career starts at AT&T Park. He’ll have plenty of chances to improve on those numbers over the next two seasons.
2. Successful Career vs. NL West
Though Hudson has never played for an NL West team, he sure has impressive lifetime numbers against teams in the division. Hudson has a lifetime record of 24-8 against teams from the NL West, which includes a 2.18 ERA against the Arizona Diamondbacks and 2.80 ERA against the San Diego Padres. His 3.49 ERA against the Los Angeles Dodgers isn’t bad either. He seems to excel against these teams which is good because he’ll be facing them often.
1. Buster Posey
As far as chemistry and relationship with pitchers in concerned, there’s no better catcher in baseball than Buster Posey. Ask any member of the Giants’ current or past rotation that has worked with Posey and he’ll tell you the same. He’s led this pitching staff to two World Series titles — the first came in this rookie season. His game management is impeccable, and he himself calls pitches more often than manager and former catcher Bruce Bochy does from the bench. Hudson’s former battery mate, Brian McCann, was a little too juiced up behind the plate if you ask me; he was a very intense person. Posey is more laid back and calm which will help Hudson settle down on the mound. Hudson will appreciate throwing to Posey as soon as Spring Training begins.