Originally Posted by Redmachine2003
Then explain to me why the Braves was the only team getting this call of the plate and not every team in the league?
Greg Maddux: Ages 23-27
1988- 249 IP, 3.18 ERA, .634 OPS Against
1989- 238.1 IP, 2.95 ERA, .652 OPS Against
1990- 237 IP, 3.46 ERA, .667 OPS Against
1991- 263 IP, 3.35 ERA, .629 OPS Against
1992- 268 IP, 2.18 ERA, .548 OPS Againt
All with the Chicago Cubs
(including his 3rd best seasonal ERA and OPS Against).
Have you stopped to think that the couple extra inches at the plate afforded to pitchers like Maddux and Glavine was due to the fact that their control was so consistently excellent that they earned those extra inches? Throw pitches with movement that hit Catchers mitts as frequently as Maddux' pitches did and you've earned those calls. Skill.
In any case, Maddux was a gem well before he ever donned a Braves uniform.
And you might want to take a look at what Maddux was doing to much older competition in the Minors before attempting to position Hudson's performances against much younger competition as any kind of comp. Not at all comparable.
Skill wins out.