Pitcher Preview: Tim Hudson vs. Mike Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey stares down his opponent just before lobbing a pitch. - USA TODAY Sports

Tonight at Turner Field it's a pitchers' duel between the teams' two aces veterans with reconstructed elbows. Let's take a look at how far along they are in their come-backs from Tommy John's.

Braves


Tim Hudson

#15 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-1

175

R

R

Jul 14, 1975



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Tim Hudson 4-3 9 9 0 0 0 0 51.0 52 29 29 6 15 39 5.12 1.31

Tim Hudson didn't pitch in 2012 because, much like his opponent, he had Tommy John's surgery. Also much like his opponent, Hudson's been struggling a bit. In his last start against Arizona, Hudson gave up 5 earned runs on 8 hits and only pitched 5 innings. Hudson told reports after the game that the scouting report on Eric Chavez--who drove in 3 of the earned runs--hadn't been correct, but come on, Tim. Come on.

The Twins players who have faced Tim Hudson in the past don't have a very good track record--although they obviously all faced him before his Tommy John's surgery. The Twin who's had the most success against Hudson is Ryan Doumit, who's still only 1 for 4 (.250 BA) against him. Josh Willingham is a dismal 1 for 20. You can see the full rundown here.

Twins


Mike Pelfrey

#37 / Pitcher / Minnesota Twins

6-7

230

R

R

Jan 14, 1984



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Mike Pelfrey 3-4 8 8 0 0 0 0 38.1 57 30 28 4 11 18 6.57 1.77

Like Hudson, Mike "My Tongue Gives Me Powers" Pelfrey is also coming off of Tommy John's surgery, and also struggling. Pelfrey's last start against the White Sox was even worse than Hudson's in fact--Pelfrey surrendered 5 earned runs on 8 hits but only pitched 4 innings. Before that last start, Pelfrey had showed signs of improvement, however, so hopefully he can pick back up on that trend.

Having previously pitched in the National League East for the Mets, Pelfrey has a lot of experience against several of the Braves veterans--and it doesn't look good. Brian McCann is 18 for 39 (.462 BA) with a .533 OBP and 2 home runs in his career against Pelfrey, and even Tim Hudson is 3 for 6 with a double. I'm not even going to go over the rest of the list because it's pretty depressing, but you can take a look for yourself.

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