Braves regulars aren’t the only ones who started heating up at the plate in May. Pitchers joined in too, with Tim Hudson leading the way. Hudson brings a four-game hitting streak into Tuesday night’s start against the Phillies.
Hudson hit .353 (6-for-17) in May to raise his season average to .280, which is ninth among National League pitchers. He follows Tommy Hanson to the mound (and plate) where Hanson had the first two-hit game of his career on Monday afternoon.
“Everybody is going to run into a hit every now and then,” Hudson said. “Let’s be honest, of the hits I have, there are probably only two of them that are legit. There were a couple swinging bunts in there, there was one where I got beat, but it found a hole. It’s not like I’m Wade Boggs up there by any means.”
But he’s no Jason Bergmann either. (Bergmann went 0-for-40 with the Nationals in 2008.)
“If it’s going to help us win, why not take a little bit of pride in it, halfway know what you’re doing a little bit,” Hudson said.
Just like in the ol’ days of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, the pitchers have a few friendly wagers going to keep it fun. Nobody is close to Hudson for hits, but Kenshin Kawakami got style points for his bat flip after hitting his first career double on Sunday against the Pirates.
“That was awesome,” Hudson said. “I’ve got to work on that. In fact, he should have made some money on that flip. We should have had a bet on the best pimp job of the year.”