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Livan Hernandez MLB Career Stats

178-177 4.44 3189.0 1976 1.44

Livan Hernandez Bio

  • Full Name: Eisler Livan Hernandez
  • Born: 2/20/1975 in Villa Clara, Cuba
  • Debut: September 24, 1996
  • Ret., Final Game: 9/29/2012
  • Relationship(s): brother of Orlando Hernandez, Orlando Hernandez
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MLB Career Stats 178 177 4.44 519 474 1 3189.0 1976 1.44


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Livan Hernandez Awards

World Series MVP

Year Team League
1997 Florida NL

World Series Championship

Year Team League
1997 Florida NL

NL All-Star

Year Team League
2004 Montreal NL
2005 Washington NL


Year Team League
1997 Florida NL

NL Silver Slugger

Year Team League
2004 Montreal NL

NL Player of the Week

Week Team League
07/13/2003 Montreal NL

Livan Hernandez Leaderboards

Earned Run Average

Season ERA Rank
2000 3.75 12th in NL
2003 3.20 9th in NL
2004 3.60 16th in NL


Season W Rank
2000 17 6th in NL
2001 13 20th in NL
2002 12 21st in NL
2003 15 9th in NL
2005 15 9th in NL
2006 13 16th in NL


Season SO Rank
1998 162 16th in NL
1999 144 21st in NL
2000 165 17th in NL
2002 134 25th in NL
2003 178 7th in NL
2004 186 9th in NL
2005 147 25th in NL


Season WHIP Rank
2000 1.36 24th in NL
2003 1.21 10th in NL
2004 1.24 13th in NL

Batting Average Against

Season AVG Rank
2003 .253 21st in NL
2004 .248 14th in NL

Games Started

Season GS Rank
1998 33 15th in NL
2000 33 9th in NL
2001 34 4th in NL
2002 33 12th in NL
2003 33 8th in NL
2004 35 1st in NL
2005 35 1st in NL
2006 34 6th in NL
2007 33 13th in NL
2009 31 25th in NL
2010 33 6th in NL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
1998 9 2nd in NL
1999 2 16th in NL
2000 5 5th in NL
2001 2 14th in NL
2002 5 3rd in NL
2003 8 1st in NL
2004 9 1st in NL
2005 2 15th in NL
2007 1 11th in NL
2008 2 9th in AL
2009 2 12th in NL
2010 2 6th in NL
2011 1 20th in NL


Season SHO Rank
2000 2 3rd in NL
2002 3 3rd in NL
2004 2 3rd in NL
2010 1 8th in NL
2011 1 6th in NL

Innings Pitched

Season IP Rank
1998 234.1 5th in NL
1999 199.2 22nd in NL
2000 240.0 5th in NL
2001 226.2 7th in NL
2002 216.0 10th in NL
2003 233.1 1st in NL
2004 255.0 1st in NL
2005 246.1 1st in NL
2006 216.0 11th in NL
2007 204.1 15th in NL
2010 211.2 12th in NL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
1998 6.22 20th in NL
2000 6.19 23rd in NL
2001 5.48 10th in NL
2002 5.58 15th in NL
2005 5.37 13th in NL
2006 5.33 13th in NL
2007 3.96 2nd in NL
2009 5.00 7th in NL
2010 4.85 2nd in NL
2011 5.08 5th in NL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
1998 1.56 7th in NL
2001 1.62 10th in NL
2002 1.89 17th in NL
2004 2.24 24th in NL
2005 1.75 9th in NL
2006 1.64 10th in NL
2007 1.14 1st in NL
2009 1.52 4th in NL
2010 1.78 8th in NL
2011 2.15 14th in NL

Bases on Balls

Season BB Rank
1998 104 2nd in NL
1999 76 20th in NL
2001 85 9th in NL
2002 71 18th in NL
2004 83 7th in NL
2005 84 6th in NL
2006 78 10th in NL
2007 79 7th in NL
2009 67 17th in NL
2010 64 22nd in NL


Season H Rank
1998 265 1st in NL
1999 227 9th in NL
2000 254 1st in NL
2001 266 1st in NL
2002 233 3rd in NL
2003 225 4th in NL
2004 234 2nd in NL
2005 268 1st in NL
2006 246 2nd in NL
2007 247 1st in NL
2008 199 21st in AL
2009 220 6th in NL
2010 216 4th in NL
2011 199 16th in NL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
1998 37 3rd in NL
2001 24 23rd in NL
2003 27 9th in NL
2004 26 13th in NL
2005 25 15th in NL
2006 29 5th in NL
2007 34 2nd in NL

Livan Hernandez Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
October 17, 2012 RHP Livan Hernandez elected free agency.
June 22, 2012 Milwaukee Brewers signed free agent RHP Livan Hernandez.
June 18, 2012 Atlanta Braves released RHP Livan Hernandez.
June 15, 2012 Atlanta Braves designated RHP Livan Hernandez for assignment.
March 30, 2012 Atlanta Braves signed free agent RHP Livan Hernandez.
March 30, 2012 Houston Astros released Livan Hernandez.
January 31, 2012 Houston Astros signed free agent Livan Hernandez.
October 30, 2011 RHP Livan Hernandez elected free agency.
April 11, 2010 Washington Nationals selected the contract of RHP Livan Hernandez from Syracuse Chiefs.
April 5, 2010 Livan Hernandez assigned to Syracuse Chiefs from Washington Nationals.
February 24, 2010 Washington Nationals signed free agent RHP Livan Hernandez to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
November 5, 2009 RHP Livan Hernandez elected free agency.
August 26, 2009 Washington Nationals signed free agent RHP Livan Hernandez.
August 20, 2009 New York Mets released RHP Livan Hernandez.
April 11, 2009 New York Mets purchased RHP Livan Hernandez from Buffalo Bisons.
February 14, 2009 Buffalo Bisons signed free agent Livan Hernandez.

Eisler Livan Hernandez Bio Info

Signed by Florida as a 20-year-old amateaur free agent out of Cuba on Feb. 7, 1996...signed by Marlins' scouts Al Avila and Angel Vasquez...Is a two-time All-Star (2004-05) and an eight-time Opening Day starter (last, 2011)...was also the 1997 NLCS and World Series MVP...his home World Series jersey was added to National Baseball Hall of Fame's World Series highlights exhibit in 1997...Is the half-brother of former big league right-hander Orlando Hernandez, who went 90-65 with a 4.13 ERA in nine seasons with NYY, CWS, ARI and NYM...Signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training on Jan. 31, 2012. 2011 Was Washington's Opening Day starter finishing 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 starts...was member of the Nationals starting rotation through Sept. 4, but did not make an appearance the remainder of the making 29 starts, continued string of 475 games/474 starts spanning 15 seasons without a trip to the Disabled List...received one run or less of offensive support (while in the game) in 12 of 29 starting assignments...registered 15 quality starts in 29 assignments (52%)...was in on seven GDPs, tops among all MLB pitchers...recorded 50th career complete game, and ninth shutout, in Washington's 10-0 victory on June 15 vs. STL...threw 50,000th career pitch (a 2nd-inning, 68-mph curveball) to retire opposing starter Jair Jurrjens on a 5-3 groundout, Aug. 30 at ATL. 2010 After resigning with the Nationals as a minor-league free agent on Feb. 24, won 10 games, posted a 3.66 ERA and made 33 starts in finest campaign since 2005...with 32 and 205.0, notched 10th career 30-start, 200-inning season...among active pitchers, only Andy Pettitte (10) and Mark Buehrle (10) have as many as ten 30-start, 200-inning seasons... 33 games started tied for 6th in NL...26 starts lasting 6.0 or more innings tied for 10th in the NL...was stingy with the long ball, allowing only 16 home runs, or 0.68 long balls per 9.0 innings...BABIP (.298) was under .300 for the first time since 2004...walk rate of 2.7 per 9.0 innings pitched was 18 percent lower than 3.3 mark posted in 2009...registered a stellar 2.16 ERA in 13 starts against rugged NL East competition...tallied team-best 22 quality starts to tie for 13th among NL starting pitchers...before 2010, Esteban Loaiza (24, '05), John Lannan (21, '08) and Hernandez himself (21, '05) were the only Nationals to post 20 or more quality starts in a single season...started (7 quality starts in first 8 assignments) and closed strong (4 quality starts in last 5 assignments)...with 11 quality starts in 15 road assignments, tied for 4th in MLB in quality start percentage on the road (73.3%)...0.87 ERA in April ranked 3rd in MLB...worked at least 6.0 innings 26 2010 debut on April 11 at NYM, scattered 5 hits and 3 walks in 7.0 scoreless innings as Washington claimed first series win at Citi Field via 5-2 rubber-game victory...scattered 4 hits and 2 walks en route to 8th career shutout, 48th career complete game in 8-0 victory, April 17 vs. MIL...started 100th game with the Nationals on Oct. 3 at NYM. 2009 Pitching for both Washington (August 25-season's end) and NYM, combined to go 9-12 with a 5.44 ERA in 33 starts...went 2-4 with a 5.36 ERA in 8 starts for the Nationals, 7-8 with a 5.47 ERA in 23 assignments with the Mets...failed to post a double-digit win total for the first time since winning 8 games for SFG and FLA in 1999...for the season, posted 18 quality starts in 31 assignments (58%), including 6 in 8 starts with Washington...went 7-5 with a 4.77 ERA in first 20 starts (12 quality starts) with the Mets, but struggled in final 3 assignments with NYM (0-3, 11.30 ERA) to prompt August 20 release...eclipsed the 30-start plateau for the 11th straight year, the longest such streak among active big leaguers...finished 7-3 with a 3.82 ERA in 12 starts against NL East competition...went 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 5 May starts for the Mets.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Came away with a no-decision in August 26 return to the Nationals, a 9-4 setback at CHI...pitched very well, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in 6.0 innings...walked 2, struck out 5...on August 31 vs. SDP, tossed 47th career complete game, but took the loss in a 3-1 setback at SDP...allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in 8.0 innings...walked one, fanned 5.
2008 Split campaign between MIN and COL, going a combined 13-11 with a 6.05 ERA...registered 2 complete games and 12 quality starts in 31 outings...benefitted from run support of 6.55 runs per game, the 2nd-highest average in the MLB...won 10 games and tallied 11 quality starts in 23 outings with MIN, before he was designated then claimed off waivers by COL on Aug. 6...notched complete-game win, May 7 at CWS, allowing one earned run in 9.0 innings. 2007 Pitched entire season with ARI, earning 11 wins and posting 19 quality starts in 33 starting assignments...204.1 innings pitched ranked 15th in the NL...also ranked among NL's top 15 in starts (tied for 13th) and quality starts (tied for 14th)...tallied lone complete game of season in 8-4 win vs. HOU on May 27, allowing 4 runs (3 ER) on 11 hits in 9.0 innings... went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in a pair of post-season starts for the D-Backs...on Oct. 6 at Wrigley Field, in Game 3 of the NLDS, worked 6.0 innings of one-run ball to earn the win as ARI capped a 3-game sweep of the Cubs. 2006 Hernandez was acquired from the Nationals on Aug. 7 with Minor Leaguers Garrett Mock and Matt Chico. Hernandez went 1-4 in his first five Arizona starts, and finished three out of his last five starts. The veteran right-hander went a combined 13-13 with a 4.83 ERA between Washington and Arizona. Hernandez served as workhorse for the D-backs and didn't throw less than six innings in any of his 10 Arizona starts. His ERA with the Nats was 5.34 and dropped to 3.76 with the D-backs. 2005 Played most of the season with an inflamed right knee, but never missed a start. ... Led the Nationals in victories and led the Major Leagues in innings pitched. ... Made his first All-Star appearance in July. 2004 Posted numbers remarkably similar to last season, but win total fell from 15 to 11 thanks largely to drastic decline in run support (5.40 in 2003, 3.95 in 2004) support was lowest of big league career...thus, losses rose from 10 to 15...Expos went 13-22 when Livan received the starting twist of fate-and 22-game "home" slate in Puerto Rico, made only 12 of 35 starts in Montreal...yet the Expos' Opening Day starter led the staff in almost every category...more importantly, became the staff leader...led MLB with 255.0 innings pitched (Randy Johnson 2nd with 245.2) and complete games (9)...255.0 inning ranked 9th on Expos' single-season list..again merited serious consideration for Gold Glove (led MLB with 10 double plays)...won the NL Silver Slugger Award for pitchers...hit .247 with 7 doubles, one homer and 10 RBI to earn the citation...ranked among MLB leaders in innings (first), starts (tied for first ) and shutouts (tied for 3rd with 2)...ranked among NL leaders in innings (first), complete games, starts (tied for first), strikeouts (9th with 186) and GIDPs induced (tied for 8th with 22)...on the negative side, also ranked among NL leaders in hits allowed (2nd with 234), losses (tied 2nd with 15), earned runs allowed (tied for 9th with 102) and walks (7th with 83)...set career highs in starts, innings, batting average against and slugging percentage against...matched career highs in CG and HBP...though not reflected in W-L record, posted remarkably similar numbers in '04 when compared to '03: starts (33 in '03, 35 in '04), complete games (8, 9), hits allowed (225, 234), homers allowed (27, 26), strikeouts (178, 186), HBP (10, 10), sac flies (4, 4), batting average against (.253, .248), on-base percentage against (.304, .314), slugging percentage against (.389, .387) and GIDPs induced (21, 22)...went at least 8.0 innings in 10 of his final 15 starts...exited the game in line for the win 6 times (10/2 at NYM, 9/5 vs. ATL, 8/15 vs. HOU, 6/6 at CIN, 5/21 vs. SF, 5/11 at MIL) only to have 'pen squander leads...ERA in the game's first 5 innings was 2.78 (53 ER/171.1 IP)...from the 6th inning on, it jumped to 5.27 (49 ER/ 83.2 IP)...fanned Jeff Connine, April 6 at FLA, to record 1,000th career K...Steve Rodgers, Dennis Martinez and Javier Vazquez only others to record 1,000th as an one calendar year-July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004-posted the most quality starts in MLB with 25...Pedro Martinez (24) ranked 2nd...made his 5th Opening Day start, April 6 at FLA, against his initial club...went 6.0 innings...allowed 2 runs but didn't get a decision in game won by FLA, 4-3...list of big leagueleading 9 complete games: May 6 vs. COL, May 16 at ARI, June 11 at SEA, July 2 vs. TOR, July 20 at PIT, July 30 at FLA, August 21 at COL, September 16 at FLA and September 21 vs. NYM. Game-By-Game Highlights: Entered bottom of 9th inning on May 11 at MIL with a 5-0 lead, but was relegated to nodecision as Brew Crew rallied to win, 8-5, in 14 innings...went the distance, but took the loss in a 1-0 setback on June 11 at SEA...snapped career long 5-game losing streak by earning the win in 5-2 victory, June 22 vs. PHI...tossed 5th complete game of the season, but took the loss in 2-1 setback on July 20 at PIT...recorded 7th career shutout in blanking FLA, 9-0, July 30 at Pro Player Stadium...chipped in with game-high 3 hits and 2 RBI...outpitched Josh Beckett in rematch of Opening Day matchup...hit first home run as a Expo, August 26 vs. LA off Jeff Weaver...the long ball was the 5th of his career...needed only 92 pitches (65 strikes) in complete-game effort, September 21 vs. NYM. 2003 Turned in what he self-described as the finest season of his career, Livan went 15-10 with a 3.20 ERA in 33 starts...acquired late in Spring Training from the Giants in a 4-player deal, won at least 10 games for the fourth straight season...has won 10 or more games five times in his seven-year career...the Expos went 19-14 when he was the starting pitcher...struck out a career-high 178 or 6.9 batters per 9 innings pitched...led the National League and ranked fourth in baseball by tossing 233.1 innings...also led the N.L. with eight complete games...his 3.20 ERA ranked 9th in the National League...also ranked among National League leaders in strikeouts (7th), home ERA (10th at 3.04) and ERA at night (6th at 2.98)...tied for 9th in baseball-4th in the National League-with 22 quality starts (at least 6.0 innings allowing 3 or fewer earned runs)...has worked at least 6.0 innings in 171 of his 213 career starts overall (80.3%)...has accomplished this feat in 127 of last 152 starts (83.6%), dating back to his last 19 outings of the 1999 season...surpassed the 200-inning mark for the fifth time in his last six seasons...made more than 30 starts in each of his last six campaigns. 2003 Highlights:
  • TEAM LEADER: Led the Expos in wins (15), innings (233.1), complete games (8) and ERA among starting pitchers making at least 20 starts (3.20)...tied for the club lead by hitting 10 batters...ranked 2nd on the staff with 178 strikeouts.
  • 15 AGAIN: Became the first Expos pitcher to post 15 wins in a season since Javier Vazquez turned the trick with a careerhigh 16 wins in 2001...Livan's 15 wins represented the 2nd highest total of his career...won a career-best 17 games in 2000 with San Francisco.
  • THE TURNING POINT: Was 6-6 with a 4.19 ERA through the end of June, but rebounded to go 9-4 with a 2.42 ERA (35 ER/130.1 IP) during the season's final 3 months...worked closely with pitching coach Randy St. Claire to tweak his arm angle after getting a tip from Toronto manager Carlos Tosca, who twice managed Livan in the Marlins' minor league system (1996 with Double-A Portland and 1997 with Triple-A Charlotte), following his June 27 start at SkyDome.
  • HONORS EARNED: Was named National League Pitcher of the Month for July after going 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 6 starts (50.0 innings)...earned Expos Player of the Month citation for the same month...was named National League Co-Player of the Week for the period of July 7-13...went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA during 2 complete-game efforts at Olympic Stadium...shared the award with Colorado's Preston Wilson.
  • ONE-MAN JOB: Led the National League with 8 complete games...pocketed 6 complete games during a 10-start span from July 7-August 25...only Bartolo Colon, Roy Halladay and Mark Mulder (9 apiece) went the distance more in the American League...the 8 complete games were the 2nd highest total of his career (9 with Florida in 1998)...Montreal was 6-2 when he went the distance.
  • REVENGE: Livan's 8 complete games trumped the total of 20 big league teams, including San Francisco (7) and Florida (7), his 2 former employers...went a combined 4-2 with a 2.11 ERA against Florida and San Francisco.
  • THE DISTANCE AT 30: Recorded his 30th career complete game on August 25 vs. Philadelphia...capped the season with 31 career complete games, a total which trumped the remainder of the Expos staff combined.
  • WOULDA, SHOULDA BEEN 20: Allowed 3 or fewer earned runs on 10 occasions in 2003, but came away with either the loss or a no-decision.
  • 30-30-30-30-30-30 CLUB: Is one of 5 big league pitchers to make 30 or more starts each of the last 6 seasons (beginning in 1998)...the other 4: Mike Hampton, Greg Maddux, Bartolo Colon, Tom Glavine.
  • HANGIN' A QUICK 10: Nabbed his 10th win of 2003 in a 5-1 victory on July 24 vs. New York (NL)...reached the 10- win plateau faster than any Expo since Pedro Martinez (June 30 at Toronto) and Jeff Juden (July 1 at Toronto) in 1997.
  • CUBAN SCOREBOARD: Ended the 2003 season ranked 7th in wins among Cuban-born pitchers with 84...Luis Tiant (229) is the all-time leader...half-brother and teammate Orlando Hernandez ranks 10th with 53.
  • AT THE PLATE: Hit .189 (14-for-74) this season with one double and 6 RBI...posted 3 hits in an 11-4 win at Shea Stadium on July now a career .234 hitter (113-for-483) with 19 doubles, one triple, 4 home runs and 45 RBI...14 hits led the pitching staff.
  • THIS AND THAT: Went 8-5 with a 2.68 ERA (29 ER/105.1 IP) at Olympic Stadium...went 3-0 with a 4.09 ERA (15 ER/ 105.1 IP) at Estadio Hiram Bithorn...8 of his 15 wins came against National League East foes...18 of 27 home runs allowed were solo shots...gave up 7 first-inning home runs after giving up just 5 in 3 seasons from 2000-02...ranked 5th in baseball having thrown 3,582 pitches...averaged 15.4 pitches per inning, by far the best mark of his career...showed improved control, walking only 57 in 233.1 innings or 2.2 per 9 innings opposing batters to a .253 mark, his lowest batting average against in a season with at least 25 starts...only 7 of 12 attempted basestealers were successful with Livan on the mound...induced 21 GIDPs...opponents batted just .204 (39-for-191) with runners in scoring position...opponents also hit just .201 after the 6th inning.
2002 Opening Day starter led Giants staff in starts (T1st, 33), innings (216.0), complete games (5) and shutouts (3)...became 1st Giant to have 3 shutouts in season since Bud Black also had 3 in fact, ranked among NL leaders for complete games (T3rd), shutouts (3rd), innings (10th), hits allowed (3rd, 233), losses (16, T1st), earned runs (105, 4th) and runs allowed (113, 5th)...logged 12-16 record with 4.38 ERA in 33 starts...16 defeats were highest loss total by SF pitcher since Black was 12-16 in 1991...tied for NL lead with 29 grounded into doubleplays induced with SD's Brian Lawrence...made 4 starts during post season, going 1-2 with 6.20 ERA (14er, 20.1ip)...earned 6th career playoff win in NLDS Game 4, defeating Braves and Tom Glavine by 8-3 count as Giants faced elimination...worked 8.1 innings for longest post season outing by SF pitcher since Mike Krukow's 9.0-frame complete-game effort in Game 4 of 1987 NLCS...logged 1-0 mark with 3.07 ERA (5er, 14.2ip) over his 1st 2 starts (1 in LDS and 1 in LCS)...however, suffered defeats in Games 4 and 7 of World Series, yielding 14.29 ERA (9er, 5.2ip)...fashioned 3.76 ERA (43er, 103.0ip) in 15 regular season starts after All-Star Break, going 6-6...lowered season ERA .56 points in 2nd Half (from 4.94 to 4.38)...tossed 5th career shutout (3rd of season) Sept. 25, blanking Padres 6-0...also tied career low-hit game, limiting Friars to 2 safeties on evening...was 22nd career complete game and 5th of campaign...became 1st pitcher in franchise history to lose 10 games in 1st Half in consecutive seasons, going 6-10 with 4.94 ERA in 18 starts....was 6-11 with 6.07 ERA in 19 starts before All-Star Break in 2001...opened year with 4-0 ledger, marking best start by Giant starter since 1997 when Shawn Estes also won his 1st 4 decisions...posted 2.03 ERA (7er, 31.0ip) in those 4 starts...logged .234 batting avg. (15-for-64) for his lowest season mark since 1998 (.195).

Cuban immigrant is proven innings eater, having broken 200-frame barrier 4 times in last 5 years...has reached 30-start plateau 5 straight years...has led team in innings from 2000-02, becoming 1st Giant to lead club in 3-consecutive seasons since Gaylord Perry in also 1st Giants pitcher to post 3-straight 200-inning seasons since Vida Blue and Bob Knepper (1978-80)...has started last 3 Opening Days, becoming 1st Giants pitcher to start 3 straight openers since John Montefusco got call 1976-78...became just 8th pitcher in franchise history to work 3-consecutive lidlifters, joining Juan Marichal (6 straight, 1964-69; 3, 1971-73), Larry Jansen (4, 1948-51), Bill Voiselle (4, 1944-47), Christy Mathewson (3, 1902-04), Leon Ames (3, 1909-11), Carl Hubbell (3, 1933-35) and Johnny Antonelli (3, 1955-57) just 1 of 5 pitchers in ML history to win their 1st 6 playoff decisions, joining: Orlando Hernandez (8 wins), Orel Hershiser (7 wins), Lefty Gomez and Mariano Rivera (both with 6 wins)...owns 6-2 lifetime post season ledger with 3.99 ERA (25er, 56.1ip) over 10 games (8 starts)...led Florida to 1997 World Series Championship when he became just 2nd rookie to ever win MVP honors for Fall Classic, joining Larry Sherry of Los Angeles in 1959...was also named MVP of NLCS that season, becoming only 4th player in history to win both awards in same season (PIT's Willie Stargell, STL's Darrell Porter and LA's Orel Hershiser)...has been excellent 2nd Half performer over last 3 seasons (2000-02), going 23-14 with 3.69 ERA (130er, 316.2ip) over 45 starts...has averaged over 7.0ip in those 2nd half starts...has worked at least 6.0 innings in 142 of his 180 career starts overall (78.9%)...has accomplished feat in 98 of last 119 starts (82.4%), dating back to last 19 efforts of 1999 season...became only 2nd NL pitcher and 4th in ML history to begin career with 9 consecutive wins as starter...current teammate Kirk Rueter also did so in 1993-94 (10-0), as did "Hooks" Wiltse (12-0, 1904) and Whitey Ford (9-0, 1950)...finished 2nd to Philadelphia's Scott Rolen in 1997 National League Rookie of the Year voting...named to Baseball Digest's Rookie All-Star Team...accomplished hitter owns .242 lifetime avg. (99-for-409) with 18 2Bs, 3B, 4 HRs and 39 RBI...has hit safely in 38 of his last 77 starts dating back to '99, going 46-for-187 (.246) with 16 runs, 8 2Bs, 3B, 2 HRs, 18 RBI...defected from Cuba Sept. 27, 1995 in Monterrey, Mexico while training for 1995 World Cup which was staged later that year in Havana.

A Giant in the Community:
Participates in Central American Resource Center's Health Fair in San Francisco's Mission fair reaches 300-500 Latino youth and adults, providing dental, blood pressure, glucose and bone marrow screenings and several other health related topics and information...also lent his name and photo to City of San Francisco anti-graffiti campaign, serving as spokesman on over 75,000 cards.
2001 Opening Day starter struggled throughout campaign, going 13-15 with 5.24 ERA...established new career highs in losses, ERA, games (34) and hits allowed (266)...15 defeats were most by Giants pitcher since Bud Black was 12-16 in 1991...was tied for 4th most losses in NL, while yielding most hits, runs (143) and earned runs (143)...also tied for 9th most walks (85) in senior circuit...however, led SF staff in innings (226.2), while ranking 7th in NL...also tied for team lead in starts and was 3rd in wins...reached 30-start plateau for 4th straight season...broke 200-inning barrier for 3rd time in career, 2nd as Giant...tossed at least 6.0 innings in 28 of 34 outings in 2001 (82.4%)...struggled in 1st Half, becoming just 5th Giants pitcher to lose 11 games before All-Star Break since 1965, joining Bill Laskey (2-11, 1985), Ed Halicki (8-11, 1976), Ron Bryant (2-11, 1974) and Mike McCormick (6-11, 1968)...however, posted 7-4 mark in 2nd half, logging 4.20 ERA (47er, 100.2ip) over 15 fact, was 9-6 with 4.30 ERA (65er, 136.0ip) in his last 21 outings...became 1st Giant hurler to start consecutive openers since John Burkett got call in 1992-93...made his 2nd consecutive Opening Day start with Giants, 3rd career, April 2 vs. San Diego at Pac Bell Park...earned 3-2 victory while tossing 7.1 innings, longest opening effort by SF starter since Bill Swift worked 7.2 frames in 1992 at Los Angeles..earned his 50th career win with his 17th career complete game June 22 at St. Louis, 10-5 Giants victory...was SF's 1st routegoer of campaign...logged 18th career complete game Aug. 17 vs. Atlanta, but suffered 2-1 defeat...allowed 2 hits to Braves for new career low-hit effort...was 1st 2-hitter by Giant since Kirk Rueter accomplished feat July 28, 1998 at Montreal...fell susceptible to big inning, allowing at least 3 runs in frame on 15 different occasions, including 4 4- and 2 5-run innings...was roughed up for 31.40 ERA (50er, 14.1ip) in those instances, while posting 3.48 mark (82er, 212.1ip) remainder of time...with bat, hit safely in 15 of his 33 starts, going 24-for-80 (.300) with HR and 8 RBI...led NL pitchers with career-high 24 hits (1 ahead of COL's Mike Hampton), while ranking 2nd in avg. (.300, 24-for-80) and 4th with 8 RBI...24 hits were 2nd highest season total by SF pitcher, behind only Juan Marichal's 28 safeties in 1966...owned 5-game hitting streak July 26-Aug. 17, during which he was 13-for-16 (.813)...posted 8 consecutive hits from July 26-Aug. 11, finishing just 2 hits shy of NL record for most consecutive safeties, with Bip Roberts being last player to do so in 1992...last NL pitcher to collect as many as 6 straight hits was SF's Mike Krukow in '83. 2000 Emerged as staff leader, establishing career high with 17 wins...tied for 6th in NL in wins, 5th with 240.0 innings, tied for 5th with 5 complete games and tied for 3rd with 2 shutouts...averaged 7.1 innings per start...yielded most hits in senior circuit (254)...logged most innings by Giants pitcher since Rick Reuschel's 245.0 in 1988...5 complete games were most in season by Giants since Mark Leiter's 7 in 1995...Opening Day starter went 17-7 with 3.53 ERA (84er, 214.1ip) over last 28 starts...during span, worked at least 6.0 innings in 26 of 28 outings - including 4 complete games C had 3 of 8.1-inning outings and 8 different 8.0-frame efforts....went 10-4 with 3.19 ERA (40er, 113.0ip) over 15 2nd Half starts...opponents hit .238 (102-for-429) in 2nd Half as opposed to .302 (152-for-503) prior to All-Star Break...10 victories in 2nd half were most by Giant since Bill Swift went 10-3 in 1993...worked 6.0 innings or more 30 times in 33 efforts (90.9%)...went 12-3 with 2.98 ERA (8th best home mark in NL) at Pac Bell in 16 starts to post most home victories by Giant since Mike Krukow went 12-4 at 'Stick in 1986...posted 1st 2 career shutouts in back-to-back starts Aug. 18 vs. Atlanta and 23 vs. Florida, firing 4-hitters in both efforts...last SF pitcher to fire more than 2 consecutive shutouts was Gaylord Perry in 1970, when he had 4 straight blankings (Sept. 6-19)...took shutout into 9th inning in 4 of his last 13 starts (also July 28 at Chicago and Aug. 7 vs. Milwaukee) batter, his career-high 21 hits were most by Giants pitcher since Swift's 21 in 1993...led NL pitchers with 21 hits, while ranking 8th with .239 avg. (21-for-88) and tied for 3rd in RBI (9)...hit safely in 14 of last 22 outings, hitting .270 (17-for-63) with 3 2Bs and 8 RBI...drilled 3rd career HR June 28 at Colorado, 2-run blast off Julian Tavarez...ran his post season career record to 5-0 by defeating Mets in Game 1 of NLDS, allowing 1 run over 7.2 innings. 1999 In 30 combined starts between Marlins and Giants, went 8-12 with 4.64 ERA (103er, 199.2ip)...went 3-3 with 4.38 ERA (31er, 63.2ip) in 10 SF starts, averaging 6.1 innings per outing...was 5-9 with 4.76 ERA (72er, 136.0ip) in 20 starts for time of trade, led Florida's staff in innings, starts and strikeouts (97)...reached 30-start level for 2nd straight year after logging career-best 33 in 1998...tossed 2 complete games, April 23 vs. Atlanta (9-1) and May 21 vs. Pittsburgh (8-1)...worked at least 6.0 innings in 23 of 30 starts (76.7%), including 16 of final 19 efforts...finished 3rd in National League in pitches per start with 112.83 (3,385 pitches total), trailing AZ's Randy Johnson (120.17) and teammate Russ Ortiz (112.85)...struggled through career-tying 4-game losing skid June 1-29 over 6 starts...during that stretch, yielded 7.26 mark (32er, 39.2ip), .313 batting average against (50-for-160) and 8 HRs...made his Giants debut July 28 vs. St. Louis, suffering 6-3 defeat...retired 12 of his 1st 13 batters faced, before yielding 2 runs in 5th...earned 1st win as Giant Aug. 3 at Arizona, yielding 1 unearned run over 7.0 innings of SF's 3-1 triumph...Charlie Hayes delivered 3-run, 2-out HR off Omar Daal in 8th for game winner...including Aug. 3 victory, went 3-2 with 3.97 ERA (25er, 56.2ip) over final 9 efforts...missed 2 starts after leaving Sept. 6 contest at New York after 2.0 innings with tightness in left rib cage area...ranked among NL's best pitchers with bat, placing 4th in average (.274), tying for 2nd in home runs (2), tying for 4th in RBI (8) and 3rd in slugging pct. (.403)...overall on year, hit .270 (17-for-63) with 2 2Bs, 2 HRs and 8 RBI...hit safely in 9 of last 16 starts, going 10-for-38 (.263) with 5 runs, 2B, HR and 3 RBI...clubbed 1st 2 home runs of career, connecting off Atlanta's Tom Glavine April 23 for 1st roundtripper...added 2nd clout July 9 off Tampa Bay's Ryan Rupe... 1998 Established Marlins' club record with 9 complete games...complete game total matched Greg Maddux for 2nd most in National League, trailing only Curt Schilling's 15...ranked 5th in senior circuit with 234.1 innings pitched...marked 2nd highest total ever by Marlins hurler...posted team-high 162 strikeouts and 33 starts...averaged nearly 119 pitches per start, finishing 2nd in NL to Schilling's 120...tossed at least 6.0 innings in 24 of his 33 starts, including 19 of his final 23...made his 1st Opening Day start March 31 vs. Chicago, earning victory in Florida's 11-6 triumph over Cubs...tossed 1st career regular season complete game May 11 at Houston...posted regular season career-high 9 strikeouts in eventual 5-2 loss...also posted 9 Ks in his next start May 16 at St. Louis and again on June 23 vs. Tampa Bay...etched back-to-back complete game victories June 20 at New York and June 25 vs. Tampa Bay...carried shutout in game vs. Devil Rays for 8.2 frames, settling for 5-1 victory...fired club record-setting 7th complete game August 10 at San Diego, surpassing Kevin Brown's previous mark of 6 CGs...ranked 2nd in National League with 1,040 total batters faced (Schilling - 1,098)...induced opposing batters to ground into 25 double plays, tying him for 3rd highest in NL...tied for 5th in senior circut with 11 caught stealings while pitching...tied for 7th in league with 4 pick-offs...established Marlins record for pitchers with 16 hits...collected 3 2Bs and 6 RBI on campaign...made 1st career pinch-hit appearance June 8 vs. Toronto, striking out in 14th inning... 1997 Was vital to Marlins' World Championship team, being named MVP of both NLCS and World Series...posted 9-3 record with 3.18 ERA in 17 starts...victory total was 4th most among NL rookies...finished 2nd to Philadelphia's Scott Rolen in National League Rookie of the Year voting...named to Baseball Digest's Rookie All-Star Team...posted 2-0 record in World Series vs. Cleveland...won Games 1 and 5 while opposing former Giant Orel Hershiser in both age 22 became youngest player ever to win World Series opener...was 2-0 in NLCS vs. Braves, including complete game in Game 5, during which he posted NLCS-record 15 strikeouts...was not scheduled to start in series, but became emergency starter after season-ending injury to Alex Fernandez and illness to Kevin Brown...worked in 1 game of Division Series vs. Giants, tossing 4.0 innings in relief of Al Leiter in Game 2...allowed 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 3 in 1st career post-season appearance...established Marlins record by beginning season with 9 consecutive victories...9-game win streak (June 28 - August 31) was 3rd longest in senior circut and tops among Major League rookies...won 9th consecutive game August 31 at Toronto, striking out 8 in 7.2 innings...8 punchouts matched career-high...fanned 6 consecutive batters between 5th and 7th innings, establishing new club record...was 4-0 with NL-low 1.38 ERA in July, finishing 3rd in Pitcher of the Month voting...made 1st ML start June 15 vs. Yankees (game 2), taking no decision...earned 1st big league victory June 28 vs. Montreal...held opponents to .229 batting average on season, lowest among Marlins starters...started season at triple-A Charlotte, posting 5-3 record with 3.98 ERA in 14 starts... 1996 Made Major League debut September 24 vs. Braves...tossed 3.0-scoreless innings in relief, marking only relief appearance of career...was recalled Sept. 12 at completion of Eastern League playoffs...singled in his 1st Major League at-bat Sept. 24 contest, singling of Joe Borowski...started season at triple-A Charlotte, going 2-4 with 5.14 ERA in 10 starts...also saw action at double-A Portland in Eastern League, etching 9-2 mark with 4.34 ERA in 15 starts...struck out 95 in 93.1 innings... 1995 Played for Escongido in Dominican Winter League, going 1-1 with 4.45 ERA...struck out 45 in 32.0 innings.