"I'm pulling for them," Hudgens said. "I have so many friends there. Yeah, it's great to see. They're quality guys, hard-working guys. They've been through a lot. I wish we were playing them, but I'll enjoy it."
Hudgens, 58, has spent nine years as a Major League hitting coach and worked closely with some of the Mets' key players, including David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda, while under manager Terry Collins.
"They've got some quality guys and added [Yoenis] Cespedes and a few pieces, but they've got some quality offense there," Hudgens said. "Their pitching staff, their starting pitching is outrageous, and they have [closer Jeurys] Familia at the back and quality guys like [Tyler] Clippard, [Bartolo] Colon in the middle. Obviously, they're pretty solid and playing well with a lot of confidence."
Hudgens has been particularly impressed with the red-hot bat of Murphy, who has homered in a record six consecutive playoff games and was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player.
"He's been unbelievable," he said. "It's been fun to watch. He's a hard-working guy, and it's great for him, great for the organization and everybody else there. I'm happy for him."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.