Three Reasons Why Tim Hudson Should Win the NL Cy Young
So we find ourselves in the middle of yet another mind-bending October. Where teams collide, rivalries renew, and pitching prospers.
Of all the things that a playoff-bound team must have in order to make a run at a World Series, is pitching.
The Atlanta Braves have got that in Tim Hudson.
Hudson's revival into the Cy Young's of today's game, such as CC Sabathia, Adam Wainwright, Josh Johnson, and Tim Lincecum shouldn't come as a surprise to us.
Pitching is the key and winning is a priority in Atlanta. With skipper Bobby Cox leaving after this last and final season, one has to believe that Tim Hudson's stuff will be at it's best.
In the season of the pitcher, it is more important than ever to keep your eye on the ball.
1. Team Success
With the Atlanta Braves' surprise successes this season, it's no wonder Hudson's pitching is playing a crucial role.
Hudson's leadership and knowledge of the game plays a big part in young starters such as Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, Derek Lowe, and the newbie with big potential, Mike Minor.
Hudson, drafted by Oakland in the 6th round of the 1997 draft, has seen everything there is to be seen in pennant races. He knows what it takes to succeed in a league where hitting is at its best.
With the Braves (76-55) atop the NL East by 3 games over the somewhat "surging" Philadelphia Phillies, one must put Hudson's performances and quality starts in the categories with the game's most dominant pitchers.
With the swagger of the young Atlanta Braves riding higher than ever, look for Hudson's swagger to go up, as well.
2. The Total Package
Tim Hudson's unquestionable performances of 2010, at age 35, only seem to make it more appropriate to name Hudson the NL Cy Young.
Atlanta fans now have another thing to cheer for besides the fact that their out-of-nowhere season is now transitioning into the postseason.
With the disappointing seasons from pitchers such as Tim Lincecum, Chris Carpenter, and Cole Hamels, Hudson's resume as the favorite to win the NL Cy Young award.
The difference between Hudson's season and the rest of the potential candidates: 1.) Hudson's overall performances/statistics, and 2.) The success of the Atlanta Braves.
What else is there to argue?
The stats are there - and they aren't lying.
Leading the NL in ERA (2.24), 4th in Wins (15), and the owner of one of the best in WHIP (1.09), Hudson's ability to dominate are unquestioned. Domination is the name of the game in 2010 for Hudson.
Hudson seems to be sending down batters with ease this season, and it truly is a spectacle that should be appreciated.
Hudson's age, along with the years of ware-and-tear only makes his 2010 campaign that much better.
At 35 years of age, there doesn't seem to be much of a end in sight for Hudson -- at least not for now.
In one of his last starts against the Florida Marlins, Hudson tossed 7.0 innings of 6-hit baseball, along with 13 punchouts and 1 Earned Run. For a guy who is supposed to be washed up, those are undeniable numbers.