Hudson currently has an ERA of 4.45 over 58.2 innings this season with the Pirates. Hudson has been exceptional of late, earning an ERA of 2.57 in the month of September. He currently sits near the top of the Pirates' bullpen, and although he hasn't recorded a hold since Sept. 3, the right-hander should get a few more higher-leverage opportunities before the season comes to a close.
Hudson (2-4) picked up his second win Monday, recording one out against the Brewers. He allowed a hit to the only batter he faced, but right fielder Gregory Polanco threw out a runner attempting to score. As a result, Hudson hasn't allowed an earned run in his last seven outings (5.1 innings). He's pitched mostly in low-leverage situations but is slowly regaining the trust of management. Hudson has compiled a 4.34 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 35:16 K:BB in 37.1 innings. It was thought in some circles that he could take over the closer's duties when Tony Watson faltered or was traded, but Felipe Rivero leap-frogged Hudson and has showed no signs of slowing down.
Hudson allowed one run on one hit and two walks Friday, retiring just one batter. He surrendered a solo homer to break a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning and has now given up six home runs in only 31 innings. Hudson hasn't delivered the goods since Pittsburgh signed the free agent to a two-year, $11-million contract over the winter. His 4.1 BB/9 is the worst since his rookie season and a 5.23 ERA nearly mirrors that of his prior campaign (5.22). Hudson has proven to be a bust, but the Bucs have few alternatives and continue to stand by him.
Hudson has allowed 23 hits and nine walks in 22 innings this season with an ERA of 6.04. After starting the season as the primary setup man for manager Clint Hurdle, Hudson has watched his stock drop throughout the season as he struggles to adjust to his first season away from Arizona since 2010. Even excluding his disaster of a game in Miami when he gave up five runs and only recorded one out, his ERA is still quite high by reliever standards at 4.09. The game against Miami certainly inflated his stats, but underneath that blunder sits a pitcher who has had trouble holding his own in Pittsburgh's bullpen.
Hudson recorded only one out Sunday while giving up five runs on four hits and one home run against the Marlins. Hudson saw his ERA jump from 5.59 to 9.90 because of the outing, which was a fitting way to end a relatively dismal first month of the season. The 30-year-old still operates as Pittsburgh's primary setup man and has recorded seven holds, but he's allowed 11 runs over 10 innings.
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