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Tim Hudson, Even with a Bad Back, Among League’s Best

November 30th, 2011 at 12:12 AM
By Cody Fields

Prior to his surgical procedure on Monday, Atlanta Braves starter Tim Hudson had played the past two seasons with a herniated disc in his back. Let's see how he stacked up against other elite National League pitchers.

PitcherW-LERAOpp. Avg.Innings
Tim Hudson33-193.02.232443 2/3
Cliff Lee29-172.77.234445
Tim Lincecum29-243.08.232429 1/3
Clayton Kershaw*34-152.57.210437 2/3
Roy Halladay*40-162.40.241484 1/3

With the last two pitchers on the list being the last two Cy Young Award winners, one can see that Hudson ranks right there amongst the most dominant and talked about pitchers in the NL, just without as much of the media attention.

What should be terrifying for NL hitters is that he accumulated those types of numbers over two years with a nagging back injury. Now that he has a reconstructed elbow and patched up back, those numbers should improve.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, MLB, Tim Hudson

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