Yeah it was pretty much just last year that he struggled. 2003 his K rate dropped but that's just maturation; not trying to K everybody, instead focusing on not walking anybody and not allowing HR's. That's the same way Maddux had success in Atlanta. Hudson did the samae thing. People see a drop in K rate and assume he's getting worse but you also have to look at BB and HR. Hudson has improved his BB/9 and HR/9 every single season he's been in the majors which is why he's still a great pitcher even though he K's less. Zito bumped up his K's last year but allowed a ton of HR's which is why his ERA was so high. So with Mulder, it's just a matter of getting back into the groove he was in for 3 years from 2001-2003. Moving to the NL, and into a great pitcher's park can only help him do that. The run support won't hurt either.
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