Is Tim Hudson an ace pitcher?
Tim Hudson
Tim Hudson
The Atlanta Baseball Show Publisher
Posted Oct 27, 2011

Bill Shanks wonders if the Braves already have an ace pitcher.

Tim Hudson has now pitched in more games for Atlanta than Oakland. He started off a little slow, but Hudson has developed into a solid starting pitcher for the Braves.

He was 92-39 with the Athletics, and with the Braves Hudson is 89-58. He's been a bit better the last few seasons, going 35-20 with a 3.07 ERA after returning from Tommy John surgery. Before the injury, Hudson was 54-38 with a 3.78 ERA.

In the last two full seasons, Hudson has been pretty solid. He was 17-9 in 2010 and 16-10 in 2011. The ERA in those two seasons was 3.02.

I believe you can called Hudson an ace pitcher. He's someone you can count on for 200 innings per season. He's a pitcher I feel good about being on the mound in big games. And he's been successful at a pretty good rate.

The stats show he's back to more of what he was like with Oakland, and there's little down he was one of three aces with the A's. That's when they also had Barry Zito and Mark Mulder in the rotation.

But what do you think? Is Hudson an ace pitcher? And if not, do the Braves need to go get one, or is the need for offense too dire to even worry about another starting pitcher?

Talk about it on the Premium Message Board!

Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WPLA Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, GA and WCOH Fox Sports 1400 in Newnan, GA. Shanks is a columnist for The Macon Telegraph. Email Bill at and follow him on Twitter at

Related Stories
Home Run Derby Highlights Big Baseball Week
 -by  Oct 26, 2011
Can the Braves afford to trade Jurrjens?
 -by  Nov 4, 2011
Plenty of options for the 2012 rotation
 -by  Oct 7, 2011

> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> MiLB &
   MLB Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
P Tim Hudson (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Baseball > Atlanta
Baseball > Auburn > Alumni
[View My HotList]