Tim Hudson = Greg Maddux
Hudson was one strike away from a complete game Wednesday night, which would’ve been his first in almost two years. His 89th pitch ended up splashing in McCovey Cove, courtesy of Yasmani Grandal. So Hudson wiped his bald brow, acknowledged a standing ovation, listened to a little frenetic Mexican Banda music and watched Sergio Romo get the last ground ball to finish up a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres Wednesday night.
Romo closed out more than Hudson’s win and a series victory. He also pulled the sandbag on a 17-11 record through April – the Giants’ plumpest victory total before May 1 since the 2003 team, which won 100 regular-season games.
The Giants rotation was up and down in April. The starters have just eight victories. Hudson owns half of those. He stabilized the starting five when they were struggling to pitch deep into games. And once they began to pitch better, Hudson carried the momentum.
He is 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA, a 31-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 45.2 innings and an NL-low average of 12.46 pitches per inning. His pitch-by inning totals Wednesday night: eight, 10, 12, 10, 11, nine, nine, 12 and eight.
He’s Maddux redux. And he's the Giants' April MVP.
“I have no idea what that would be like,” said Posey, asked if he could imagine catching Maddux. “I have no idea how to compare that. I just know I love it.
“It’s fun for the defense. It’s fun for the offense. You’re back in the dugout so quick. It’s the type of rhythm you want in the game.”
Maddux had a WAR of 104.6 over his 23 seasons. He won 4 straight Cy Youngs starting in 1992.