When Tim Hudson sustained a gruesome ankle injury against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 24th, his season was immediately over. This left many Atlanta Braves fans wondering exactly what they were going to do to fill the void left by Hudson.
In his absence, as well as the loss of Paul Maholm to the 15-day DL for some wrist problems, Alex Wood and Brandon Beachy have stepped in and bolstered an already strong starting rotation.
Mike Minor and Julio Teheran have continued to dazzle, posting a 2.87 and 3.08 ERA, respectively. In addition, Beachy seems to have begun regaining a lot of his pre-Tommy John Surgery control and pitch command, leading him to pick up a win in his last two outings, bringing his record to 2-0 on the year.
After struggling sporadically earlier in the year, Kris Medlen also seems to have gotten back the dominance he displayed in the last half of the 2012 season, evening his record to 10-10 with a 3.72 ERA in his most recent win against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Alex Wood, the 22-year-old called up from Double-A has begun to settle into his role as a very dependable starter after a rough outing in his first two starts, notching a 2-2 record with a 2.78 ERA.
Since Hudson's ankle injury, the Braves' starting rotation has combined for a 13-1 record, and a 3.11 ERA in 124.1 IP (99 H, 43 ER, 24 BB, 111 K). While Hudson's presence on the field will be missed, Wood and Beachy have stepped up to fill the void left in the wake of his ankle injury.
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