Livan Hernandez has been around for years. Hernandez has made at least 30 starts in every season since 1998. What makes that most impressive, however, is that he’s managed to do that without being a good pitcher. He hasn’t had an FIP below 4.00 since 2003, and he hasn’t posted more than 2 WAR since ’05.
Hernandez doesn’t draw ground balls – his GB% has been below 41% for all but one year since 2004. He doesn’t strike batters out – his strikeout rate hasn’t been above 5.5 K/9 since 2004. His walk rate is roughly average. He’s just an unimpressive pitcher all around. Somehow, he’s managed to stick around in the major leagues this long on such a limited skillset.
Regardless, the Brewers will be facing him this afternoon. There isn’t anything that suggests that Livan Hernandez’s skillset makes him particularly effective against the Brewers, so they should be able to put up some runs today.