[May 11th] --
A month ago, it was an abberation. A couple of weeks ago, it was a trend. Last night, it became a fact: Livan Hernandez is a Dead Man Walking. Or is he?
For all of his career, Livan has been "Mr Automatic;" wind him up on opening day, point him towards the mound, and watch him go. Since 1996, he's averaged 233 innings per season. He always gives up a lot of hits and walks, but he has always seemed to pitch better when the other team was threatening to score. In 2005, he won 15 games in spite of playing the second half of the year on a bad knee, a knee he had repaired this off season. Cool.
If he could have that type of year while being injured and overweight, what could he accomplish once healthy and lean?
Obviously, nothing. In eight starts this season, Livan has pitched 49 innings, allowing a whopping 65 hits and 17 walks -- nearly two baserunners each and every inning. In eight first innings, he's allowed runs in six of them. He's terrible.
That said, I'm not worried. Livan is a "professional's professional." During one of these next starts, he's going to "find it," and he's going to reel off ten or twelve great starts, and this horrible start will be a faint memory. Remember, he was really, really bad to start the 2005 season before reeling off something like eight or ten wins in a row. Come September, Livan is going to have 12-15 wins with an ERA at or around 4.00. The guy's a pro.
Livan will be fine. I just wish I could say the same about the team.
NOTE: THE COMPUTER AT HOME IS STILL DOWN -- FOR NOW, I HAVE TO POST AT SCHOOL BETWEEN FINALS.