Hudson Sticks to Plan

(Jupiter, FL) It wasn’t a perfect outing by any means, but St. Louis Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson was still able to come away with some positives from his start in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to Miami.

“I threw four pitches for strikes, but I really didn’t feel like I owned anything,” Hudson said. “During the season, you’re not going to be perfect every time but if you can do what you can whenever you don’t have great days and compete, and I felt like we were still in place to win today so that’s really where I wanted to be. I felt like I competed well and was in a good spot.”

“For sure, absolutely,” agreed St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Shildt. “He went shorter than he would’ve liked or we would’ve liked, but he’s got such good stuff, doesn’t he? He really does. If he’s in traffic, a pitch away pretty much like most guys but even more with him. Getting that ground ball double play.”

Hudson finished with a line of 3.0 innings pitched, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts.

The lone run he allowed came on a Peter O’Brien double off a cutter that was left up in the zone. Overall, Hudson didn’t use his cutter and sinker as much as usual, instead trying to mix in more breaking pitches and changeups.

“It’s just about developing my plan,” explained Hudson, who’s been working on that plan with pitching coach Mike Maddux. “He’s been going over some stuff with me in my bullpens–pretty in depth about how I can make my game a little bit more consistent. So it’s just about bringing that out and bringing it to the field.”

“I’m convicted in this point, guys that are big league players, that are winning players, are able to bear down and execute and figure out a way to minimize or eliminate damage when they get in trouble,” Shildt stated. “You saw that from both Dakota and Jordan (Hicks) today.”

Hicks followed Hudson to the mound and walked three batters in his one inning of work. He also recorded one strikeout. Andrew Miller struck out a pair of batters in the next frame before Chasen Shreve allowed a solo home run in the 6th inning. Tyler Webb threw a scoreless 8th inning before Mike Hauschild allowed two more Marlins runs in the 9th.

The Cardinals host the New York Mets tomorrow at Roger Dean Stadium. Michael Wacha is scheduled to start.

CECIL TO THROW IN SQUAD

–Originally scheduled to pitch in today’s game, Brett Cecil will instead throw in a more controlled setting on Thursday.

“He’s going to pitch in a squad game tomorrow,” Shildt shared. “He’ll be with Gant tomorrow morning.”

WAINO GOES AT HOME

–Shildt also announced that Adam Wainwright will start against Houston at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday, while Daniel Ponce de Leon will take the hill against the Astros across town at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Both games of the split squad action start at 5:05pm CT.

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