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Comparing A’s Zito, Giants’ Hudson before potential pitching matchup

Barry Zito works against the Chicago Cubs in an A’s spring training game March 24 in Mesa, Ariz.
Barry Zito works against the Chicago Cubs in an A’s spring training game March 24 in Mesa, Ariz. AP

Barry Zito and Tim Hudson started their careers in Oakland, where they joined with Mark Mulder to form the rotation’s “Big Three” in the early 2000s. It now looks as if Sept. 26 will be a reunion at O.co Coliseum – Hudson is scheduled to start for the Giants, while there’s a clamor for Zito, just called up by the A’s, to pitch for Oakland. Hudson intends to retire after this season. Zito’s plans are less clear, though he has said he was ready to walk away when it appeared the A’s wouldn’t call him up this month. Before the potential meeting, a retrospective on their careers:

ZITO

HUDSON

37

Age

40

1999*

Draft

1997**

7/22/00

MLB

debut

6/8/99

14

Seasons

17

165

Wins

221

143

Losses

132

.536

Win. pct.

.626

4.02

ERA

3.49

12

Comp.

games

26

5

Shutouts

13

1,883

Ks

2,076

1.334

WHIP

1.238

33.9

Pitcher

WAR

57.2

1

Cy Young

0

3

All-Star

Games

4

2

W. Series

rings

1

*-First round, A’s; **-Sixth round, A’s

Source: baseball-reference.com

Where it began

Hudson and Zito were teammates in Oakland for five seasons from 2000-04. During that time, they combined to go 153-77, a .665 winning percentage, with a 3.36 ERA. Zito won the Cy Young in 2002 when he was 23-5 with a 2.75 ERA. Hudson finished second in the voting in 2000, going 20-6 with a 4.14 ERA. Oakland made the playoffs every year from 2000-03, but never advanced past the Division Series.

Quotable

Hudson on the potential of pitching against Zito in Oakland: “It’ll be cool just to be on the same field with him, whether we’re pitching against each other or not. It’ll be nice to see him in an A’s uniform again, and if it works out to where we’re competing against each other at the same time, I think it’d be really cool.”

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