Tim Hudson is beating the drum for a contract extension in Atlanta, bringing up the phrase “hometown discount” in reference to possibly turning his $12 million option for 2010 into a multi-year deal instead (from MLB.com):
“I would be glad if they picked up the option,” Hudson said. “But it’s one of those things if they want to discuss not picking it up and maybe going a few years out at some kind of whatever hometown discount, that’s something I’d obviously be willing to discuss with them.”
Hudson has pitched well so far since returning from Tommy John surgery, going 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts.
But the Braves are not exactly hurting for starting pitching and would probably have to deal either Javier Vazquez or Kenshin Kawakami – who have both had nice seasons – in order to afford even a discounted Hudson.
But when you consider how well Hudson is liked within the Braves organization, you’d like to think something could get done.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.