Oliver Marmol Gives Dakota Hudson Another Harsh Assessment
By Larry Rupp
The St. Louis Cardinals pulled out a gusty 4-3 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night thanks to a clutch RBI double from shortstop Paul DeJong. It was yet another underwhelming effort from starting pitcher Dakota Hudson, though, and manager Oliver Marmol provided a harsh assessment.
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Marmol explained during his postgame conference that Hudson's delivery and manner on the mound simply looked "slow." That likely has to do with the fact that the leadoff batter reached base in four of the five innings Hudson started. He is constantly playing with fire and putting himself in bad spots.
“We would love to see a quicker pace and crisper version of Hudson. We have to figure it out together. We think he has the ability to do it. Did it look good tonight? No.”- Oliver Marmol on Dakota Hudson
Hudson officially went 4.0 innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks (two strikeouts). Marmol and pitching coach Mike Maddux will sit down with the 27-year-old on Saturday in order to form a plan for the future. Marmol was adamant that they "will make it important to him."
This isn't the first time Marmol has gone public with a downright negative assessment of Hudson's pitching. Back in early July, the skipper told reporters that the MLB "is the big leagues, and it’s about performance; this isn’t a tryout." That was in reference to Hudson's horrible outing the night prior.
There's no denying that Hudson is skating on thin ice right now. The 2016 draft pick is 6-6 on the season with a 4.20 ERA and 1.390 WHIP. The bigger concern may be the fact that he has walked 46 batters and struck out only 56 in 105.0 innings. Rookie Andre Pallante could end up replacing him.
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