Talk about a boring day on Baseball Professor — Neil Walker and Tim Hudson back-to-back? Sheesh. Thank God we had Jeff Samardzija on the docket for today. But while Hudson is as exciting to own as a ball-point pen, you always seem to find yourself thinking, “Jeez, I really wish I had a pen right now.”
So let’s spice things up:
Did you know that of all active pitchers with at least 100 career decisions, Hudson’s 197-104 record (.654) is fourth-best behind only Roy Halladay (199-100, .666), Jered Weaver (105-52, .662), and Justin Verlander (124-65, .656)?
Did you know that Hudson has won at least 16 games each of the last four times he’s started at least 28 games?
Did you know that Hudson’s only twice had an ERA higher than 3.62 in his 14-year career?
While fantasy good rankings and projections are in no way lifetime achievement awards, it’s hard to ignore the quietly awesome career that Hudson has had to this point. Injuries in 2008 and 2009 rubbed off a lot of the luster that Huds...