Monday, May 10, 2010
Ex-Twins watch: Livan Hernandez
Livan Hernandez, now pitching for the Washington Nationals, allowed one run in seven innings Sunday against the Florida Marlins.
This raised his ERA to 1.04.
This ain't 1968, and even if it were, Livan has never reminded anybody of Bob Gibson.
Still, we're well into May, the rubber-armed Cuban has made six starts, and he's barely allowing a run per nine innings.
This too shall pass. He's struck out just 14 men in a bit more than 43 innings, and walked the same number.
He can't possibly maintain a low batting-average allowed with that puny strikeout rate — he's striking out fewer than three men per nine innings, yet opposing hitters aren't batting .200 against him. Nor is a 1-to-1 walk-to strikeout ratio consistent with good pitching.
Still, he's on a strong run.