The San Francisco Giants avoided a sweep Wednesday when they played host to the Washington Nationals. San Francisco, who holds the major league's best record, won by a final score of 7-1.
Tim Hudson took the mound for the Giants and continued to do what he has done in nearly every game so far this season, and that is be consistently good.
Hudson shut down the Nationals, allowing one unearned run on six hits and struck out five while improving to 3-0 over his last five starts. The Giants are also 7-0 in games that Hudson has started at home. He also lowered his ERA to a major league best 1.81 and earned his seventh victory of the 2014 season.
The Giants were expecting good things out of Hudson when they signed him this offseason, but I don't think even the Giants knew that they would be getting this kind of production out of him. At the time, it may have seemed almost like a gamble during the offseason for San Francisco to bring in Hudson after he had his 2013 season cut short due to a torn Achilles, but if they felt it may have been a gamble, the decision to bring him in is really paying off.
Hudson is off to a masterful start so far this season, and he is one of the main reasons why San Francisco currently has the best record in all of baseball. Despite his dominance thus far in 2014, it may seem like just another year for Hudson.
The 38-year-old veteran has never had a losing season throughout his 15-year major league career. Hudson has built quite an impressive resume in his career. Along with never having a losing season in 15 years, and not looking like he will end with a losing record this season, Hudson may reach a few milestones before the end of the season as well. Hudson is nearing 3,000 innings pitched and 2,000 strikeouts. He has relied on and mastered the sinker ball which has been his go-to pitch since he came into the league, and has been very effective throwing it as he's won at least 15 games eight times in his career, and is on pace to come close to winning another 15 games in 2014, not to mention his career record is 212-113.
Few pitchers have the career numbers that Hudson does. His career has been so impressive that it is possible that Hudson may eventually find his way into Cooperstown, and one day be selected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.