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Tim Hudson knows he wouldn’t stand a chance against Jose Constanza

Aug 11, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

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The AJC’s David O’Brien has a nice article up today on Braves rookie sensation Jose Constanza, who apparently goes by “Georgie” in the Atlanta clubhouse.  And just what sort of article would it be without the traditional quote about how the ace never likes to face one of those pesky singles hitters:

“For me, personally, I’d rather face a guy like Barry Bonds than someone like [Constanza],” said  pitcher Tim Hudson. “I want somebody up there that’s trying to hit homers; you have a tendency to get those guys to swing and miss. Constanza, I mean he’s pesky, he’s going to put the ball in play. A ball on the ground, more than half the time it’s going to be a hit.”

And, yeah, maybe he has a point.  But boy did he use a bad example in this case.  Bonds went 11-for-27 with five homers and just one strikeout against Hudson, good for a .407/.500/1.000 line.  Maybe he would have been better off saying Troy Glaus, who hit .175 with one homer in 57 at-bats against Hudson, or Alfonso Soriano, who has hit .154 with three homers in 39 at-bats.

Or maybe he should have just passed entirely, because it sure looks like Hudson has handed singles hitters extremely well in his careerDavid Eckstein hit .242 in 66 at-bats, Darin Erstad came in at .243 in 70 at-bats, Ichiro is at .215 in 65 at-bats and Cristian Guzman was at .206 in 63 at-bats.  Those are all of the “singles hitters” that Hudson has faced 60 or more times.  One has to scroll down to Omar Vizquel (.314 in 35 at-bats) and Orlando Palmeiro (.382 in 34 at-bats) to find any singles hitters having fared well against Hudson.

Certainly, none have owned him like Ryan Howard (.298, 6 HR in 47 AB), Albert Pujols (.448 in 29 AB), Adam Dunn (355, 4 HR in 31 AB) and Carlos Delgado (.310, 7 HR in 58 AB).

  1. bravesman1983 - Aug 11, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    I’m a big fan of Tim’s, so my opinion is going to feature a natural slant, but I think this might be a bit too analytic for what is probably not a comment made in earnest. I don’t suppose Hudson was doing anything but being a good teammate by talking up his boy to the press; if you could force-feed him a truth serum, it’s doubtful he’d still tell you he favors a matchup with Bonds over “Georgie.”

  2. FC - Aug 11, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Adam Dunn (355, 4 HR in 31 AB)

    The only one Adam owns right now is his pet dog (assuming he has one)

    • CJ - Aug 12, 2011 at 8:22 AM

      When they play in the backyard, even his dog strikes him out.

  3. rabidmike - Aug 12, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    Hmmm. Apparently, stats mean more to fans than to players.

  4. purnellmeagrejr - Aug 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Interesting article – a good idea to check Hudson’s perceptions against reality.

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