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New York Mets: Livan Hernandez and The Anatomy of a Complete Game

Published by on May 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Perhaps the hardest part of Livan Hernandez's complete game was how easy he made it look.

He barely seemed to break a sweat, using an effortless motion and an array of crafty pitches to induce ground balls, strikeouts, and weak pop ups in the Mets 6-1 win over the Nationals last night.

His patented Bugs Bunny curveball was on full display at Citi Field, as he kept the Nats hitters off balance all night. All while blowing bubbles on the mound.

As he's been known to do over his long career, Hernandez allowed his share of baserunners—nine hits, a walk, and a hit batsman—but tightened up once the bases were occupied. It was as if he was allowing certain batters to reach base, only to erase them wi...

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