In today’s climate in Major League Baseball, 200 wins is pretty rare territory. There are exactly two active pitchers with at least 200 wins, and their names are Andy Pettitte (who already retired once) and Roy Halladay.
Tim Hudson will look to join them in the 200-win club when he toes the rubber in Atlanta on Tuesday night, and he’ll square off with Nationals Ace (well, one of their aces) Gio Gonzalez in a division match-up. Hudson had his 200th win taken away from him last week in Colorado, as the ultra-reliable Craig Kimbrel blew a save to the Rockies in an eventual 7-6 loss that cost Hudson the milestone victory.
Historically, Tim Hudson isn’t looked at as an elite guy by many, but his career numbers are staggering. He is currently 3rd (as stated previously) in active pitcher wins with 199, 5th in active pitcher WAR (wins above replacement), and 11th in active ERA (3.43). It is fair to think that he will be a fringe Hall-of-Fame candidate with a couple more solid years, and the “Tim Hudson Experience” is a vastly underrated one.
Stay tuned to see if the 200th win comes on Tuesday against the Nationals.