Tim Hudson answered a lot of questions in his Giants debut: would his surgically repaired ankle hold up? Would he still pitch effectively at an advanced age? And would he break the streak of disappointing free agent starting pitchers signed by the Giants?
The answers: yes. Yes. And it sure looks like he will.
Hudson was dominant in his Giants debut, shutting out the Diamondbacks for 7.2 innings while scattering three hits and striking out seven. He mixed his pitches with ease, throwing everything in his repertoire for strikes and keeping Arizona’s hitters off-balance all night. It was vintage Hudson, bringing back memories of his days across the Bay in Oakland.
The Giants have to feel good about what they saw from Hudson, especially after watching less-than-stellar season debuts from Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner. Hudson was able to save an already overworked bullpen for a night, and more importantly showed the Giants that he’s all the way back from the gruesome ankle injury he suffered late last season.
It’s easy to forgive Giants fans who were skeptical of Hudson, considering the Giants’ history of signing free agent starters. From Barry Zito, to Matt Morris, to Mark Portugal, the word “underwhelming” comes to mind when talking about their careers in San Francisco. Hudson looks poised to break that trend. He might not be the front line starter he was in his prime, but he’s more than capable of providing solid innings for a team that will desperately need them.
Yes, it was only one game. But it was important for Hudson to perform last night, given that he was one of a number of question marks hanging over the Giants’ rotation. With Hudson showing that he’s still capable of being a dominant pitcher, it’s one less thing for the team to worry about. The Giants can only hope that Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong are able to answer the questions about them like Hudson was able to do.
The Giants need their rotation to perform at an elite level in order to get back to the playoffs. Tim Hudson looked like he’s ready to meet the challenge.
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