Hudson will never be among the leaders in WAR. He does not blow people away with a fastball. His strikeout rate is mundane. He makes his living getting batters to pound the ball weakly into the ground. And he has been doing it for years. Here are a few facts about Tim Hudson you might not know:
- After last night's win, his career record improved to 193-101, a .656 winning percentage.
- Hudson's winning percentage is the 22nd best of all time and behind only Weaver and Halladay among active pitchers (Minimum of 1,000 innings pitched).
- He is pitching in his fourteenth season and has never had a losing record. He's never even had a .500 record.
- Tim Hudson has only had one season in his career where his winning percentage was less than .600.
- Since 1999, only five other pitchers have compiled more WAR.
- Only eight pitchers since 1999 have a lower career BABIP than Tim Hudson (his stands at .279 for his career).
- Only ten pitchers since 1999 have been better at stranding base runners.
- Since 1999, only two pitchers have pitched more innings than Hudson and they are out of baseball.
- He is tied with Halladay for the most wins since 1999.
- Hudson's 2.54 ground ball to fly ball ratio is the third highest among active starters behind only Lowe and Westbrook.
- Since 1999, Tim Hudson is fifth in WPA.
- For his career, Hudson has a 0.7 home run per nine inning rate and he is currently in his sixth straight season with a rate under one.
- His career ERA+ is higher than Sabathia, Cain, Lincecum, Lester, Peavy, Lee, Haren, Carpenter and Greinke.
So, yeah, Tim Hudson has had a fantastic career. And he seems to be just as good now as he was when his fastball had five more miles per hour on it. Hudson doesn't need a lot of run support to win. In games where the Braves have scored three to five runs a game, his record is 6-2 this season. Hudson beat both the Yankees and the Rays in interleague play this season.
Hudson has not had a losing month this season. His 2-2 record in May was the closest. Since then, Hudson has gone 10-2. In eight road starts, Hudson is 5-1 with a 3.06 ERA. His ERA is 3.96 at home, but he is 7-3 at Turner Field.
Tim Hudson is an ace. He is an unsung ace. But he is one. All he does is win. And he has been doing that for a long, long time.