NL East Update: The one where Hudson is underrated

Tim Hudson takes home the 2010 NL Comeback Player of the Year award.

Hudson had a career year, but was given little attention this season because other pitchers were having even better years. A 17-9 record and a 2.83 ERA could be good enough for a Cy Young, but anytime there is five no-hitters in one season you know there would be stiff competition. I expect Hudson to win around 12 to 14 games next season and beyond as well as having a positive influence on the rest of the Braves young pitching staff.

Amazin’ Avenue gives his take on the most disappointing Met, Jason Bay.

There is no question Bay was disappointing this season. For me, there wasn’t one moment during the year where I felt Bay had turned the corner. Fans expected 30 home runs and 100 RBI but the Citi Field curse continued with Bay hitting just 6 home runs and 47 RBI. Even if he played a full season I think he would have still come out as the most disappointing player. I mean, Jeff Francouer was a bigger threat at the plate and his struggles had him run out of town!

The Phillies season ended prematurely. So where do they go from here?

There are several questions surrounding the Phillies this off-season. You can’t help but think that this could have been their last chance at capturing a title with this core group of players. This has a lot to do with how they decide to handle the Jayson Werth situation, who will be a hot commodity this winter. But as long as Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels, collectively known as H2O, are on the same roster, they will still be a threat.

Word from South Beach is that the Marlins and Ricky Nolasco are close to a multi-year contract.

Good news for the Marlins as they get one of their off-season priorities out of the way. Nolasco can give you 15 wins a year when healthy, but it comes with a price as he is also prone to giving up several base runners and runs. Florida needs some stability in their rotation to go with Josh Johnson, and Nolasco can be that guy. One thing to keep an eye on going into spring training will be his right knee, which underwent surgery in early September.

The Adam Dunn talks are beginning to heat up…again.

I can’t stress this enough…the Nationals need to re-sign Adam Dunn. Not just for the fact that he is loved in DC and is one of the classier ballplayers you will find, but because the Nats have no other power bat in their lineup! Not to take anything away from Ryan Zimmerman, who hit 25 long balls in 2010, but you shouldn’t expect Washington to win many games if Zimm is the #1 power source. Dunn will be tempted to play at Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium, which are the equivalent to a little league field for him. I’d like for him and the Nationals to reach an agreement but you also have to trust GM Mike Rizzo to sticking to whatever plan he has.