Notes on 755 Hank Aaron Dr

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

2007 Rotation Possibilities I: Tim Hudson

While a lot of fans would like to see him traded, it seems unlikely. His value has never been lower; even if the Braves wanted to trade him, it's unlikely that they could get anything of value for him.

Here's his line the past three seasons (stats from Yahoo!):

27 12 6 188.2 194 82 74 8 44 103 3.53 1.26 .267
29 14 9 192.0 194 79 75 20 65 115 3.52 1.35 .265
31 12 10 195.0 210 116 105 22 68 123 4.85 1.43 .272

That's not a good progression. The season before the Braves traded for him, he looks OK. Since then, his walks have gone up (as have his strikeouts). Even worse, he's having a lot of trouble keeping the ball in the park. Looking at the stat line, he looks hit-unlucky this season, but watching him doesn't really seem to back that up. He's giving up a lot of hard hit balls, not so much the dribblers.

So, given that Hudson won't be traded, and that he's not likely to decide to retire, he's in the rotation next season. I'm not convinced that he's entirely healthy. But if he's not healthy, his medical history would point towards problems in his torso. That's where his injury history is. And those sorts of injuries are hard to treat effectively, and difficult to rehab from. You try not using your back muscles, or you abdominals. Good luck with that, and let me know how it works out for you.

If that is Hudson's problem, his 2006 season is probably about what we'll see in 2007. That's back-of-the-rotation material. Too bad he's being paid to be an ace. I can't see much chance of him becoming an ace again. Leo couldn't do it; McDowell couldn't do it. Maybe Dr. Frankenstein could do something for him?


  • So, what's the opinion of the new style sheet? I'm not sure I like it...

    By Blogger J Lεεds (oi!), at 11:33 PM  

  • The other sheet seemed more friendly.

    By Blogger Byrd, at 7:08 PM  

  • Well, I changed it again. I think I'm going to have to build my own eventually. The ones that let the text be wider are ugly.

    I changed in the first place because I didn't like what the stats table had done to the page.

    By Blogger J Lεεds (oi!), at 8:32 PM  

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