I think he's willing to work. I think anybody that says he's not willing to work hasn't been around him enough. I'm sure at times he would get frustrated and wonder, 'What am I working for?' It's not that he's a lazy guy.
He got some pitches up which hurt him. He made some good pitches too. We didn't execute a rundown on defense and that hurt him. But he threw 75 pitches and he only threw 65 in his last start. We'll continue to stretch him out.
He hit his spots. That had to be a confidence builder. You have to consider who he faced, but you still have to hit your spots. He has been a closer in Triple-A, so he has experience at the end of the game.
It was great to see a young guy like Brandon Phillips have the kind of night that he did. He's a very talented baseball player. He's got all the abilities. We'll just have to see if, at the major league level, he can be consistent.
With Hudson, it is all about consistency. To be a bona fide major league pitcher, you have to be consistent. He would have one outing where he was very, very good and another where he was very, very bad.
We felt like there were other people ahead of him. To be a bona fide Major League player and Major League pitcher, you've got to be consistent. At times, he was very, very good. At other times, he was very bad. What separates you is consistency.
It not only gives me confidence, it gives everybody in uniform and everybody that works for the Reds confidence. You could tell from Day 1 there was going to be strong leadership here from the very top, and that's tremendous for a sports franchise of any kind to have.
I think he did great. I think he likes the responsibility of pitching when the game is on the line. There are some players in all sports -- they don't want to be the guy out there when the game is on the line. Some guys do.