ATLANTA – Tim Hudson shrugs off any suggestion that better living through surgery has given him the arm of a 20-year-old. He says he'll never feel like he did when he was that hotshot young pitcher back in Oakland.
But if you squint your eyes just a bit, look past the inevitable weathering of a guy in his mid-30s, it sure seems like the Atlanta Braves right-hander has turned back the clock to the days when he was that hotshot young pitcher coming up with the Athletics.
Hudson has recaptured his devastating sinker and ranks among the NL's top five in wins (15-7), innings (198) and ERA (2.41). He's on a short list of Cy Young Award candidates that also includes Philadelphia's Roy Halladay, Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez, St. Louis' Adam Wainwright and San Diego's Mat Latos.