From the Collection: Livan Hernandez and Houston Street

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Top: Livan Hernandez, p

Hernandez beat the Cleveland Indians in games one and five of the 1997 World Series, so for the longest time I was not really a big fan of the guy.

But as time passed, I have grown to really appreciate him.  For one, I really like Cuban players–something about the whole defecting from a communist country thing is really…Cold War-y.

The other is that he was a really good pitcher who hung around for a really long time.  I am a big fan of middle of the rotation pitchers who suck up innings; he would average 218 innings in his 17 season career, winning at least 10 games in 11 of those seasons.  A big reason for his sustained success was that he aged well, slowly morphing from a power pitcher with a fastball, slider and changeup into a finesse pitcher who relied on location and feel to beat batters.

Year Age Tm W L ERA IP H BB SO ERA+ WHIP Awards
1996 21 FLA 0 0 0.00 3.0 3 2 2 1.667
1997 22 FLA 9 3 3.18 96.1 81 38 72 128 1.235 RoY-2
1998 23 FLA 10 12 4.72 234.1 265 104 162 85 1.575
1999 24 TOT 8 12 4.64 199.2 227 76 144 93 1.518
2000 25 SFG 17 11 3.75 240.0 254 73 165 114 1.363
2001 26 SFG 13 15 5.24 226.2 266 85 138 76 1.549
2002 27 SFG 12 16 4.38 216.0 233 71 134 89 1.407
2003 28 MON 15 10 3.20 233.1 225 57 178 141 1.209
2004 29 MON 11 15 3.60 255.0 234 83 186 126 1.243 AS,SS
2005 30 WSN 15 10 3.98 246.1 268 84 147 102 1.429 AS
2006 31 TOT 13 13 4.83 216.0 246 78 128 92 1.500
2007 32 ARI 11 11 4.93 204.1 247 79 90 96 1.595
2008 33 TOT 13 11 6.05 180.0 257 43 67 71 1.667
2009 34 TOT 9 12 5.44 183.2 220 67 102 76 1.563
2010 35 WSN 10 12 3.66 211.2 216 64 114 110 1.323
2011 36 WSN 8 13 4.47 175.1 199 46 99 86 1.397
2012 37 TOT 4 1 6.42 67.1 84 16 48 64 1.485
17 Yrs 178 177 4.44 3189.0 3525 1066 1976 95 1.440
162 Game Avg. 12 12 4.44 218 241 73 135 95 1.440
W L ERA IP H BB SO ERA+ WHIP Awards
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/22/2013.

Bottom: Huston Street, p

Acquired while he was pitcher in the minors in 2004.

I was a fan of him when he was playing at the University of Texas, and was really happy when the A’s picked him up. It was neat seeing him make the majors so quickly.

He dominated his first professional season, with a 1.38 ERA and 1.115 WHIP between A, AA and AAA ball in 2004. In 2005–less than a year after getting drafted–he would open the year in the Oakland bullpen as the teams closer. He would go on to save 23 games, carry a 1.009 WHIP and win the American League ROY.

Steet would be a great closer for the A’s until 2008, when he was traded to the Rockies (with Carlos Gonzalez) for Matt Holliday.  He would continue to be a good closer with the Rockies–a job that cannot be fun–and would be traded in 2011 to the Padres for a PTBNL.  He continues to close out games in San Diego.

Street is only 29 years old, but has 234 career saves and a 1.036 WHIP.  He has been really good the last couple seasons, so I don’t really see any reason to think that he will be less effective this season.  One thing going for him is that his effectiveness lies in his control and finesse, so he does not have to depend on strikeouts to be successful…a nice thing for a pitcher as they age.

Year Age Tm W L ERA GF SV IP H BB SO ERA+ WHIP Awards
2005 21 OAK 5 1 1.72 47 23 78.1 53 26 72 254 1.009 MVP-23,RoY-1
2006 22 OAK 4 4 3.31 55 37 70.2 64 13 67 134 1.090
2007 23 OAK 5 2 2.88 35 16 50.0 35 12 63 148 0.940
2008 24 OAK 7 5 3.73 37 18 70.0 58 27 69 110 1.214
2009 25 COL 4 1 3.06 52 35 61.2 43 13 70 154 0.908 MVP-25
2010 26 COL 4 4 3.61 39 20 47.1 39 11 45 129 1.056
2011 27 COL 1 4 3.86 47 29 58.1 62 9 55 119 1.217
2012 28 SDP 2 1 1.85 36 23 39.0 17 11 47 197 0.718 AS
2013 29 SDP 2 5 2.70 52 33 56.2 44 14 46 127 1.024
9 Yrs 34 27 2.98 400 234 532.0 415 136 534 144 1.036
162 Game Avg. 4 4 2.98 53 31 70 55 18 71 144 1.036
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/22/2013.

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