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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2014 FANTASY BASEBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: TIM HUDSON SP SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

                                                      Tim Hudson

Tim Hudson a Hall of Famer?  Possibly so.  If one were to take a look at the career stats of new San Francisco Giants SP Tim Hudson, I gander you would be a tad surprised at how great the numbers are.  Hudson goes into the 2014 season with 205 wins under his belt and a 3.44 career ERA, with the majority of the latter number achieved in the steroids era without top strikeout stuff.  The wily veteran is still going strong after signing a two-year for $23 million with the Giants despite coming off a 2013 campaign that ended early with a broken leg suffered while covering first base against the New York Mets.  With the ink barely dry on the contract, let's see what Hudson could provide his new team and his fantasy baseball owners this season.

First off, we obviously are no longer dealing with an in his prime version of Hudson as the 38-year-old is well past his peak form.  Be that as it may, Hudson still generates a ton of outs on the ground which is the main reason he still compiled a 3.97 ERA last season.  What is really noticeable about Hudson throughout his career is that his stuff has always had very good movement on it, which helps in keeping the ground balls in abundance.  Never a top K guy however, Hudson's career high in strikeouts is 181 which he achieved way back in 2001.  Since than Hudson has gone past the 160 K mark only once so expecting anything more than 150 at this stage of his career is foolhardy.  So those who play in innings-capped leagues should probably leave Hudson for someone else. 
However Hudson can surely be a help in ERA and WHIP, as he has put up 1.14, 1.21, and 1.19 marks in the latter category the last three seasons.  Throw in an ability to win games due to good pitch efficiency that gets Hudson deep into outings and what you have is a potential asset in three categories.  While he won't wow you when you do draft him, Hudson is the classic starter who never hurts you and that should be the class he goes back into again this season.

2014 PROJECTION:  15-9 3.89 ERA 1.21 WHIP 143 K


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