Tim Hudson was named National League pitcher of the month Thursday for putting up the kind of August that moved him into the National League lead for ERA and forefront of the NL Cy Young conversation.
Hudson went 4-1 with a 1.71 ERA over six starts in August. He allowed one or no runs in five of those starts. He finished out the month with a career-high 13 strikeouts in a 12-3 win over the Marlins on Saturday.
Hudson finished August with a 15-5 record for the year with a 2.24 ERA.
The player of the month award was the second of Hudson’s career. He won AL player of the month for September in 2000, the year he won 20 games for Oakland and finished second to Pedro Martinez in the AL Cy Young voting.
“Well-deserved,” Braves closer Billy Wagner said. “He’s been our MVP. He’s stepped up and pitched some incredible games when we needed him to and picked up our bullpen and picked up our team. It’s a very good run for him and hopefully one that continues.”