After completing his eighth season for the Braves, it's easy to gloss over Tim Hudson's base stats, and simply think "good 'ol reliable Huddy." And it's not entirely wrong either, because according to his base stats, Tim Hudson looked like more of the usual solid work he had given to the Braves pretty much every year: his 16 wins led the team; at 179.0 innings thrown, he was one away from tying with Mike Minor for the most innings pitched, and a 3.62 ERA over that span is acceptable, considering his career averages. 749 batters stepped to the plate against Huddy and hit .248/.304/.361, which is just about par with his career average slash-against line of .248/.310/.364, leaning towards slightly better.

But as always is the case, the base statistics are not necessarily the most sufficient degrees of analyzing a player anymore these days. As solid of base numbers that Tim Hudson had put up in 2012, the bigger picture leads to hypothetical questions of age beginning to catch up to Tim Hudson, and the subsequent decline that often is associated with the aging process. At 36-years old at the start of the 2012 season with 14 MLB seasons under his belt, Tim Hudson was at the age where even the best pitchers begin, if they already haven't, show some signs of aging.

On August 28, Tim Hudson was cruising, and the Braves were nursing a 1-0 lead over the Mets in Atlanta, on Chipper Jones Appreciation Night. In the seventh inning with two outs, and two runners on, the Mets' Lucas Duda stepped to the plate. After getting Duda to a 1-2 count, Duda would proceed to foul off three pitches and nurse the count full. On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Huddy would hang a fastball and Duda launched a go-ahead, three-run home run that would ultimately win it for the Mets. Turner Field went quiet. I went quiet. Failure to secure the clutch out from Tim Hudson was something not a lot of us were used to. It didn't look like something that even Tim Hudson was used to.