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  1. I feel like stat heads have a tendency to hate guys like him, because they go against all the theories on what makes a consistently good pitcher. It’s good to see that someone on FG can just acknowledge and appreciate the fact that a solid, decent, mediocre pitcher is having a good season. For guys that stick around a long time, it happens, and it should be appreciated, not condemned. Good for Livan.

    Comment by MrGFeeny — July 22, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

  2. At this point, I consider him more like a knuckleballer when it comes to stats like BABIP.

    Comment by Grant — July 22, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

  3. It’s also a tough adjustment for hitters going from Strasburg’s 89 MPH changeups to Livan’s 84 MPH fastballs. Everything looks so hittable and they end up swinging at pitcher’s pitches.

    Comment by LeeTro — July 22, 2010 @ 7:54 pm

  4. “Has Livan Hernandez discovered greatness at age 35?”

    Of course not!

    He has discovered it at the age of 50!

    Comment by Jmag043 — July 22, 2010 @ 11:03 pm

  5. If you look at the stats, it’s hard to understand how he does what he’s doing. He’s a very smart pitcher and he’s always gotten the most out of his ability. If it can all be attributed to luck (I don’t really think so), the Nats should keep pitching him until his luck runs out. He’s given them what they were hoping to get from Jason Marquis-some stability, lots of innings, and someone to set a good example on how to handle yourself between starts. Livan has been all that. It’s nice to see because Livan always has been one of the good guys in the game.

    Livan is going to make someone a great pitching coach some day.

    Comment by jirish — July 22, 2010 @ 11:47 pm

  6. He’s also allowed 220 or more hits in every season since 1998.

    Comment by sabernar — July 22, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

  7. The “go with it until the luck runs out” thing is a fallacy. Other than that, though, agreed.

    Comment by esk — July 23, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

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