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  1. Nice article. He’s not that good, but he definitely is amazing. He has been throwing junk for years and somehow keeps managing to plug along and provide value.

    I seem to remember someone writing about his total pitches over the past X years, and how he leads the next guy buy hundreds, but couldn’t find the article…

    Comment by lincolndude — February 25, 2010 @ 10:50 am

  2. Livan… ew. The Twins kept giving him starts for way too long.

    Eww, eww, eww. :)

    Comment by Patrick — February 25, 2010 @ 11:04 am

  3. I guarantee you that by April there will be 5 or 10 teams that wished they had someone this consistent to plug in as a 4th or 5th starter. There is something to be said for a guy who is able to take the ball every five days and give you 5 or 6 innings of winnable baseball game.

    Comment by Matt — February 25, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  4. Between 1997 and 2008, Jamie Moyer started in 30+ every season but one (2000, 26 starts). Not quite Livan, but pretty darn close.

    Comment by CCW — February 25, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

  5. Actually, Jamie’s streak started in 1996 and 2008 (inclusive), and in 2009 he got 25. That’s 14 seasons in a row with 25+ starts, which may be just as impressive as Livan.

    Comment by CCW — February 25, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  6. I thought this piece might be about a different crazy Livan Hernandez streak that was broken last year — although it’s still related to his innings-eating ways:

    In every season from 2000 to 2008, he had at least 10 wins AND 10 losses. He was one win short last year from keeping it going.

    Note that he’s also only exceeded 15 wins once (17, in 2000) and 15 losses once (16, in 2002). His numbers stay right down the middle, which is also unfortunately true of many of his off-speed offerings.

    Comment by ToddM — February 25, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

  7. There’s also something to be said for Livan’s insistence that he was pitching hurt for at least the last two years; he said he finally feels fully healthy.

    Comment by Neil — February 25, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

  8. Winnable?

    Comment by Chico — February 25, 2010 @ 3:18 pm


    Comment by zenbitz — February 25, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

  10. Pear shape?

    Comment by Bote Man — February 26, 2010 @ 12:56 am

  11. The main reason teams keep bringing him back is for this reason. Ironically, he’s also a teammate of Marquis who has an interesting streak of being on a postseason team (even if not the roster) every year of the 2000s decade (despite playing for 4 teams) is incredible too. That is pretty sure to end though. He’s also been a durable starts making innings eater despite having some below average seasons. Livan has the curve ball, change up and off speed that help compensate for his fastball which he gets rocked on. He is generally better in April, May, and sometimes June, than in any of the last 3 months. He was arguably the Mets best starter besides Santana during the first 3 months of the season while they were running close with the Phillies and Marlins. The Nationals always either have bad luck or an apparent pitching slot open so it wouldn’t suprise me if he gets the opportunity to make 30 starts. I’m just not sure he’ll be good enough to do so again. They’ll be less pressure on him in Washington though. Once they’ve lost enough games, they are just happy to send anyone out there who’ll give them 5 innings even if he gives up 5 or 6 runs. They are just happy to have a chance to rally and pray their bullpen can hold out (I don’t know if I can remember a time they did on the Phillies last season).

    Comment by Tom — February 26, 2010 @ 2:48 am

  12. He’s a zombie…and nothing against zombies but he just does die

    Comment by pounded clown — February 26, 2010 @ 2:51 am

  13. A left-hander born in a right-handed body?

    Comment by Brandon T — February 26, 2010 @ 5:45 am

  14. Livan Hernandez is ( was ) a good ML pitcher and has been at least steady for almost all 15 years. Over 150 wins (150 Losses) with a 4.43 ERA, all those innings, games, etc. See how many pitchers today or at any time you know that have done that for this long and still are doing it. You can not get an ace all the time. I will bet that there are no more than 10 true aces at best in MLB, and believe me there is no best overall fifth starter than Livan Hernandez today, or perhaps very few if so.

    Comment by Roland — April 15, 2010 @ 7:47 am

  15. rhkkvlelxjonpblketez, delo, NOtHZCq.

    Comment by Zaposlitev — September 16, 2010 @ 10:21 am

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