Of course Tim Hudson is going on to the field this afternoon with the hope of completing a sweep for his team and washing the memory of his last start (he threw 96 pitches in four innings) out of his memory but there's a significant milestone to be reached with a victory today.If Hudson can get a W against the Oakland Athletics, his former team, he will have defeated all 30 major league teams in his 17 season career and join a club smaller than the perfect game club.
Having spent his career either with the A's or with a national league team, he's only ever pitched against his former ball twice and in those two games he's given up three home runs, 14 hits, 8 walks and 11 runs. The A's also have the highest batting average (.333) of any team to face Hudson.
If he is able to get the win today, he will join Barry Zito, another pitcher to pitch for the Athletics and the Giants, and 12 other pitchers to become the 14th player to beat all 30 teams. It is a modern club, since there have only been 30 teams in baseball for 17 years, but it will undoubtedly be an exclusive club relegated to pitchers, like Hudson, who put in years upon years in the starting pitcher role.
Entrance into this club, though, would be a bittersweet achievement in the eyes of Oakland A's fans who have long loved Hudson. In his six seasons with the A's, Hudson was a Rookie of the Year, a two time all star, and finished in the top 6 for Cy Young votes three times. He had a .702 win record and was part of a team that enjoyed four consecutive trips to the post season. The star was traded to Atlanta in 2004 for two pitchers who combined for 76.1 innings in Oakland and a hitter with 55 plate appearances and five hits.
Hudson will be up against Kendall Graveman, the 24 year old righty still loking for his sixth win of the season. It should be a good matchup with the Oakland A's hitting significantly better against right handed pitching but posesing a bullpen with huge weaknesses the Giants could capitalize on.
The Giants will face the A's again towards the end of the season. It's too early to know if Hudson will get a start in that series but it is likely that today is his best chance to make history and notch one last team off his "To-Beat" list.