Last season, Tim Hudson was never able to fully recover from a horrible start.
Hudson has started brilliantly this year, though, and he’ll look to stay perfect in his career against Florida when the Atlanta Braves conclude their series with the Marlins on Sunday.
Saturday’s scheduled game was postponed by rain, and no makeup was immediately announced.
“We tried to get it in,” Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “They took off the tarp and put it back on, but you can’t fool Mother Nature.”
Kyle Davies was scheduled to pitch Saturday, but the Braves will push him back to keep Hudson (1-0, 0.64 ERA) on normal rest.
“Huddy doesn’t like to have too much rest,” Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. “He wants to go on four (days between starts.)”
After the Braves (7-3) had their streak of 14 straight division titles snapped last season, they have gotten off to a fast start this season with Hudson leading the way. He’s allowed just one run and five hits in 14 innings in two starts this season, while striking out 12.
The two-time All-Star pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in Tuesday’s 8-0 victory over Washington, holding the Nationals without a hit for 4 2-3 innings before giving up a bloop single. He finished with seven strikeouts and one walk.
“I couldn’t ask for a better start to my season,” Hudson said. “As a team we couldn’t ask for a better start, either.”
Hudson, who has never finished with a losing record in his nine-year career, was 0-1 with a 12.38 ERA after two starts last season. He finished 13-12 with a career-high 4.86 ERA in 2006.
“He’s on a mission to prove that he’s a better-than-.500 pitcher,” Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell told the team’s official Web site.
Although last season was a struggle for Hudson, he still dominated the Marlins (6-4), going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA. He is 4-0 with a 2.00 ERA in seven career starts against Florida, with his team winning each of those games.
Scott Olsen (2-0, 4.35) was scheduled to start Saturday’s game for Florida and will take the mound in this game looking to pick up his third win in 2007. The left-hander allowed three runs in five innings of the Marlins’ 6-4 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday.
Olsen is 1-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts and four career appearances against the Braves. He went 1-2 in three starts against them last season and split two starts at Turner Field, giving up eight runs while striking out 12 in 10 2-3 innings.