Hudson (2-0) pitched a clean eighth inning while striking out a batter in a 3-2 win over the Cardinals.
Hudson pitched an easy 1-2-3 eighth inning, getting the first two hitters out on contact before striking out Paul Goldschmidt to end the frame. The Nationals were able to mount a comeback in the bottom half of the inning, which earned him his second win of the year. Hudson has allowed one run through five innings pitched and sports a respectable 7:2 K:BB as the team's main setup man.
Hudson (1-0) earned the win Tuesday against the Braves after allowing zero runs on zero hits with two strikeouts and one walk during the ninth inning.
The 33-year-old was expected to begin the season in a setup role, but he'll now be in the mix for saves with Brad Hand on the COVID-19 injured list. Hudson entered in a 5-5 tie and delivered a scoreless top of the ninth inning, and the offense provided the walkoff win in the bottom half of the frame. The right-hander could split ninth-inning chances with Tanner Rainey until Hand is cleared to rejoin the team.
Hudson has made two Grapefruit League appearances so far this spring, giving up a home run in two innings without a walk or a strikeout.
The long ball remains a potential source of concern for Hudson after he served up six homers in 20.2 innings last year, but the veteran right-hander is healthy and on track to be ready for a high-leverage role Opening Day. He's picked up 16 saves for the Nats since they acquired him at the 2019 trade deadline, but the offseason addition of Brad Hand pushes Hudson back into a setup role, a job he's indicated in the past he's more comfortable with anyway. The 34-year-old has two 20-hold campaigns on his resume and could be poised to add a third in 2021.
Hudson walked one and struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning to record his 10th save of the season during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets.
The right-hander hadn't pitched since Tuesday and had blown his last two save chances, but Hudson was up to the task in Saturday's nightcap, His 6.10 ERA on the season has been fueled by six homers allowed in 20.2 innings, but otherwise Hudson's 1.26 WHIP and 28:11 K:BB have been solid. With one year left on his current contract, the 33-year-old will likely be back in a high-leverage role for the Nats in 2021.
Hudson (2-2) earned the win against the Rays on Wednesday, allowing a solo home run but recording two strikeouts in the ninth inning.
The veteran right-hander secured the first two outs of the inning with no issues, but he was unable to maintain the one-run lead and gave up a solo homer to Brandon Lowe, though he still ended up notching the victory. Hudson has a 7.13 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 24:7 K:BB over 17.2 innings and has converted nine of his 14 save chances this season.
Hudson recorded the save Tuesday against the Rays with one strikeout and one hit allowed during a scoreless ninth inning.
The veteran right-hander surrendered a one-out single, but he still needed only 14 pitches to finish off the victory. Hudson has posted a 5.74 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 21:5 K:BB over 15.2 innings while going 9-for-12 in save opportunities.
Hudson struck out the only batter he faced to record his eighth save of the season in Monday's 6-1 win over the Rays.
After Will Harris loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning, Hudson came in with the tying run on deck and needed only four pitches to fan Randy Arozarena and end the threat. The veteran right-hander's ERA is a bloated 6.14, but Hudson's 20:5 K:BB through 14.2 innings -- not to mention last year's postseason success -- have kept him in the closer job for the Nats.
Hudson gave up two runs on a hit and a walk while striking out one over one inning Friday, but he still recorded his seventh save of the season in the second game of a doubleheader against Atlanta.
Called in to protect a 10-7 lead, Hudson served up a two-run blast to Travis d'Arnaud before he was able to get an out, but the veteran reliever settled down afterward to escape with the save. Hudson has been taken deep five times in 14.1 innings, leading to a 6.28 ERA, but his 19:5 K:BB and 0.98 WHIP remain strong, and his spot as the Nats' closer doesn't appear to be in jeopardy.
Hudson struck out two in a perfect seventh inning to earn the save in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
The 33-year-old needed only nine pitches -- all strikes -- to retire the side in order and close out the matinee. Hudson has converted six of eight save chances with a 6.30 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 16:2 K:BB through 10 innings this season.
Hudson struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his fifth save of the season in an 8-5 win over Atlanta.
The right-hander was dialed in, firing 14 of his 16 pitches for strikes, and Hudson only needed to work as hard as he did because Matt Adams fouled off four straight 0-2 fastballs before finally waving at a slider. Hudson is now 5-for-7 on save chances, with the two blowups inflating his ERA to 7.00, but his 0.89 WHIP and 14:2 K:BB through nine innings are better indicators of his performance this season. He's now pitched on three straight days, however, so expect Tanner Rainey or Will Harris to get the nod if the Nats have a late lead to protect Wednesday.
Hudson (1-2) blew the save and took the loss Monday as the Nationals fell 7-6 to Atlanta, giving up four runs on three hits -- including two home runs -- over two-thirds of an inning. He struck out one.
Hudson entered the ninth inning with a three-run cushion, but after he hit Nick Markakis with a pitch to open the frame, Adam Duvall took him deep for a two-run homer, and then Dansby Swanson did the same a few batters later. Hudson has blown two of his last four save chances, with long balls being the issue each time, and as a result he now carries a 7.88 ERA -- although his 1.00 WHIP and 12:2 K:BB through eight innings are far more palatable. If he continues to struggle, however, Will Harris or Tanner Rainey could get into the closer mix for the Nats.
Hudson struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn the save Sunday against the Orioles.
Hudson blew his first save of the season when he faced the Orioles on Aug. 8, but he tossed a perfect inning in Sunday's series finale to earn his fourth save in five attempts. Outside of his lone blown save, the right-hander has been quite effective this year and has a relatively firm hold on ninth-inning duties.
Hudson struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Tuesday to record his third save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Mets.
The veteran right-hander has been mostly effective to begin the year, getting scored upon in only one of his six appearances and converting three of his four save chances. With Sean Doolittle working in low-leverage spots right now as he tries to regain the late movement on his fastball, Hudson has the closer job to himself.
Hudson allowed one walk and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Tuesday against the Mets.
Hudson was called upon to protect a 5-3 lead, and successfully did so on 14 pitches to record his second save of the season. The only baserunner he allowed came on a walk with two outs, and Hudson retired the next batter he faced to end the contest. Notably, Hudson has claimed both saves for the Nationals this season, and Sean Doolittle did not even appear in a setup role in the contest.
Hudson allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save Thursday against the Blue Jays.
Hudson successfully maintained a two-run lead for the Nationals to earn his first save of the season. He allowed a two-out double, but retired Cavan Biggio with a strikeout to end the contest. Most notably, Sean Doolittle -- another candidate for saves in the Nationals' bullpen -- did not enter the game, even with the team maintaining a lead from start to finish. Given that Doolittle has pitched only twice this season, he was almost certainly available to throw. Given that, it appears Hudson may be the team's primary choice to close games to begin the season.
Hudson (1-0) struck out three over 1.2 perfect innings of relief to pick up the win in Wednesday's extra-inning victory over the Blue Jays.
Facing the team that dealt him to the eventual world champs last July, Hudson was lights out to finish off the eighth inning and breezed through the ninth in a scoreless game, before the Nats were able to break it open in the top of the 10th. The veteran right-hander has a 4:0 K:BB through his first 2.2 innings on the year without giving up a run, and his spot as one of the team's key high-leverage arms is secure.
Hudson is schedule to make his first appearance of the spring Monday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
The right-hander will throw a side session Sunday, and if all goes well he'll make his spring debut after a day off. Hudson was eased into camp after seeing a heavy workload down the stretch and into the playoffs last year, and while Sean Doolittle will likely be the Nats' primary closer to begin the regular season, Hudson will still be a key part of the team's late-inning crew.
Hudson has no timetable for his Grapefruit League debut as the Nationals carefully monitor his spring workload, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
The right-hander was one of the stars of the team's run to a championship last year, but he did it while battling through knee pain. "There were times when I started to feel my arm overcompensating for my knee being sore since it was my back leg and I was trying to generate force and velocity," Hudson said. "But it never got to the point where my elbow or shoulder was in jeopardy. If it did, I wouldn't have been pitching. I was able to make it through." After taking a full month off in November, Hudson resumed his offseason routine and headed into spring training fully healthy, but the Nats would like to keep it that way, so he'll be held to bullpen sessions on back fields for now. He'll be part of the late-inning mix alongside Sean Doolittle and Will Harris, but Doolittle will likely be the team's primary closer to begin the season.
Hudson returned to the Nationals on a two-year, $11 million contract Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The 32-year-old hadn't been a particularly notable reliever for the last several seasons but had an excellent 2019 campaign, posting a 2.47 ERA with a career-best eight saves in 73 innings for the Blue Jays and Nationals. He topped his season off with four more saves in the postseason while teammate Sean Doolittle grabbed just two. Doolittle has a much longer track record in the ninth inning and will likely enter as the top option there again, but Hudson should be first in line should the lefty get injured.
Hudson earned the save in Tuesday's 7-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLCS, giving up one walk in 1.1 innings.
That was quite a week for the 32-year-old journeyman reliever, who was on paternity leave for Game 1 of the NLCS for the birth of his daughter and returned to nail down a pair of saves to help send the Nationals to their first World Series. Hudson has yet to allow a run during the postseason, firing 5.2 scoreless innings over six appearances with four saves in as many opportunities.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/13||vs PHI||W 5-1||0.2||0||0||0||1|
|05/12||vs PHI||L 2-5||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|05/08||@ NYY||L 3-4||0.2||0||0||0||1|
|05/06||vs ATL||L 2-3||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|04/30||vs MIA||W 2-1||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/28||@ TOR||W 8-2||1.0||2||1||0||1|
|04/21||vs STL||W 1-0||1.0||1||0||2||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||AAA-Oklahoma City Dodger||4.2||5||0||0||1||0||0||5||4||0||0.00||0.952|