PlayingWithFire wrote:first, he's not a 2nd half pitcher. Let's get that out of the way.
and second, his k/9 in his last year with Oakland was lower than 5 for the first time in his career and k/9 of last year is only 5.3. He's 31, what made you think he'll bounce back? Billy Beane is one of the best GM in the league and there is a reason why he traded Hudson(to give John Schuerholz a fair shake, Dan Meyer hasn't been anything special either)
well, hudson's had near identical #s the past 2 years (about 190 IP, 100Ks, 50bb, 3.50ERA, 1.30WHIP), even in what may be his decline, so it's reasonable to think he'll improve upon this current 4.50 ERA. also, last season hudson's ERA preallstar was 3.78, postallstar was 3.30. and if you want to point out that hudson's preallstar ERA was inflated due to just one month of 7+ ERA, and that's why his postallstar ERA is lower, and so we should factor that out, then that would just mean his overall season ERA last year would be better than 3.50.
and based on what you yourself said, his K/9 rate went up last year compared to 2 years ago? since he had moved to the NL, that probably just means his K/9 rate stayed the same if the team change factored in, so his K rate then has stayed steady. that's a positive sign isn't it?
also, i like billy beane, and i trust most of his decisions, but how has estaban loaiza been working out for him? he's not god, he does make mistakes.