First off, we apologize for the lack of anything resembling even a short blog post recently. Work duties call for all. I'd like to say it will never happen again, but who am I kidding? It probably will.
So last night, as I was watching the first half of the Nats-Giants tilt, I was amazed as I saw Livan register 4 K's through 4 innings of work.
The strikeout pitches lacked...what is that word? Heat. They lacked heat, to say the very least.
I went onto MLB.com for confirmation. What exactly was he throwing? Why couldn't Juan Uribe hit anything?!
K1 (Aubrey Huff, looking): 70 MPH curveball
K2 (Juan Uribe, swinging): 64 MPH curveball
K3 (Andres Torres, swinging): 79 MPH changeup
K4 (Juan Uribe, swinging): 65 MPH curveball
Let's for a moment forget that Livan had his first forgettable outing of the season. I guess he was due.
What non-knuckle-ball pitcher incorporates so much off-speed stuff in his repertoire? Nobody as effective as Livan, and that's why we love his guts.