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Tim Hudson to Pitch Second Half Opener for Atlanta Braves

July 18th, 2013 at 10:16 AM
By Cody Fields

Tim Hudson started on Opening Day for the Atlanta Braves, and he'll do the same when they start the second half against the Chicago White Sox.

With a 6-7 record and 4.02 ERA, he obviously doesn't have the most impressive stat line among Braves pitchers, but that was largely inflated by a rough May, during which he went 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA.

Since then, however, Hudson has given up as many four runs exactly once, and that was also the only start in which he didn't get through at least the sixth inning.

Hudson wasn't quite as sharp while giving up three earned runs over seven innings to the Cincinnati Reds in his last start, but he was able to find his form and use his offspeed pitches.

"From the third or fourth inning on, I felt a lot more comfortable throwing some offspeed pitches for strikes," Hudson said on braves.com. "Obviously when you get a lead, it's a lot easier to go up there and try to execute pitches and be more aggressive in the strike zone."

The Braves' series with the White Sox will last three games before the team visits the New York Mets for four games. Their 54 wins before the All-Star break are seventh best in franchise history.

 

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