The Giants rode to victory last night on another strong outing from Tim Hudson. He pitched into the 9th, facing 31 batters, and only threw 22 balls. Out of his 89 total pitches there were 9 swing-and-miss strikes, 21 looking strikes, and Padres hitters produced 17 ground balls. It's Rick Reuschel reincarnated! A fit and trim Big Daddy, that is. Reuschel's career batting line was .168/.202/.217 and Hudson's is .170/.205/.222 after his 1-for-2 performance. Reuschel didn't walk many guys, didn't give up the long ball, pitched to contact, threw the sinker over and over again, and fielded his position well. Sound familiar? Even though Big Daddy sported a beer belly he was very graceful and moved like a cat. He was an all-around ballplayer who retired with 68.2 WAR and a lifetime 3.22 FIP, both outstanding marks, better than some Hall of Famers. Hudson is the active major-league leader in pitcher-WAR (56.3), just ahead of Mark Buehrle and CC Sabathia. Keep it rollin', Huddy.
The Giants travel today and Tim Lincecum gets the call in Atlanta Friday night.