Daniel Hudson, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league right-hander Kyle Johnston last Wednesday, has stranded 26 of the 27 runners he inherited this season, for a low 3.7% IRS% (Inherited Runners Scored Percentage) on the season, and his new manager, Davey Martinez, told reporters on Sunday, after Hudson came in with two on and one out in Arizona and stranded both runners, that it was his poise and command in his appearances that allows him to have success.
The previous night, Hudson inherited a bases-loaded, two-out jam and got the final out of the inning in a blowout loss.
“He’s very poised,” Martinez said, “... but he comes in and he throws strikes and he makes good pitches. That’s what it’s all about, he’s very consistent on staying around the strike zone.”
“Since we’ve had him he’s been really, really good,” Martinez added before the first of three in San Francisco on Monday night.
“The short stint that he’s pitched. He’s come in both times with guys on base and just really shut the inning down. It’s nice to have a guy like that.”
“A lot of guys that I talked to that had success with guys on base, they come in the game and act like there’s nobody on base and they just pitch and they try to get outs and he’s been really good at it.”
In his third appearance for the Nationals last night, Hudson came in to start the seventh and retired the Giants in order in a quick, 14-pitch, 10-strike appearance.
He’s now thrown 20 of 28 pitches for strikes in his three appearances out of Washington’s bullpen, and retired all six batters he’s faced since coming over from Toronto.
MASN’s Mark Zuckerman noted after last night’s game that Hudson’s now pitched in three straight games for the first time this season, but he told Martinez before the opener with San Francisco that he was available if needed.
“I felt great,” Hudson said. “I usually just test it out when we go out to play catch before the game.
“And I told them I felt great to go. And not too-long outings the last couple days. So I told them: ‘If you need me, I can go.’”
“He’s really good,” Martinez told reporters after the 4-0 win over the Giants.
“He uses all his pitches. He knows when to elevate. But he’s been a godsend since we got him. He’s done everything we asked him to do and he’s done really well.”