Hudson swinging a hot bat

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.”

16 comments Add your comment

rickman

May 31st, 2010
4:17 pm

rickman

May 31st, 2010
4:18 pm

YES…. That is 1st place….Wow…3 weeks ago, I had given up on the Bravos….Glad they made me wrong….GO BRAVES!!!!!

Nick

May 31st, 2010
4:28 pm

Well then I guess it’s a good thing you’re just a fairweather fan.

Although the enjoyment you get out of wins like this can’t possibly run as deep as the enjoyment I get as a real fan.

Nick

May 31st, 2010
4:29 pm

Well then I guess it’s a good thing you’re just a fairweather fan.

Although the enjoyment you get out of a win like this can’t possibly run as deep as the enjoyment I get out of it as a real fan.

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 31st, 2010
5:02 pm

Great game today! Go Braves!

OU812

May 31st, 2010
5:08 pm

chipper is on the way back get ready mark my words

Najeh Davenpoop

May 31st, 2010
5:34 pm

Love seeing the Braves on top of the division again. I hope they remain there four months from now.

Milt Famey

May 31st, 2010
5:50 pm

I think Huddy would rather surprise everyone than have opposing pitchers bearing down on him. He was a strong hitter at Auburn and a .280 average is darned impressive. BTW they absolutely made the right decision when they signed him last fall. Kudos to Frank Wren.

Max Sizemore

May 31st, 2010
5:54 pm

Playing for Auburn in 1997, Hudson hit .396 with 18 HR and 95 RBI. Dude could rake.

GameCock Brave

May 31st, 2010
8:41 pm

Nothing like commenting on “the best pimp job of the year.”

chin music

May 31st, 2010
10:24 pm

speaking of “pimp jobs”, carroll, are y’all ever going to be able to publish the photos of the coaches in their pimp suits as they were leaving milwaukee a few weeks back?

is30303

May 31st, 2010
11:18 pm

thanks Max for the Auburn stats. I heard he could hit but never saw the stats. those are pretty silly numbers even with a metal bat.

AUblasie

June 1st, 2010
12:01 am

At Auburn, Hudson was an all-star center fielder that also pitched every fifth day. He is a great hitter even if he does not want to admit it. War Eagle!

BraveFan1979

June 1st, 2010
5:20 am

Well I guess he needs to play CF in Atlanta as well and replace McLouth

Carroll Rogers

June 1st, 2010
10:14 am

Chin Music (who asked about whether we’ll be able to publish the zoot suit photos)….I’m sorry to say Terry Pendleton is pretty adamant about keeping those photos private, something just among the “guys,” so unless I can change his mind, I won’t be publishing them, unfortunately.

Jo-Bu

June 1st, 2010
5:07 pm

I sure wish they would put up KK’s hit on the MLB video page. I’d like to see this bat flip everyone is talking about.

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