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Year in review: Nationals Pitcher of the Year

Our reader review rolls on. The obvious strength of the Nationals was their bullpen, but Livan Hernandez had a tremendous season and Stephen Strasburg provided the season's most indelible performances.

By Adam Kilgore  | October 4, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
 
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Livan deserves the award, but the best pitcher to step on the mound this year for the Nats was Strasburg. The trade of Capps for Ramos was a good trade, but Capps would have been my choice if he was still on the team -- And the Nats would have won a few more games - at least three but still been in last place.

Posted by: natbiscuits | October 4, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Livo just because he settled one spot in the rotation; every other guy you were wondering if it would be their last start.

I think the people who loved for Tyler were Met fans after this weekend :)

Posted by: SCNatsFan | October 4, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

You know things are bleek when your teams best pitcher is a 75 year old Livan Hernandez.

Grammar police out today I see, as well.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I can't wait for all the birthday well-wishes when my b-day comes. That'll be fun.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 4, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

SS. Has to be.
Had the greatest debut/performance by a Nats pitcher/player ever.
Was responsible for the only sellouts.
Was responsible for the only Buzz the entire season.
Was responsible for bringing all the major networks to town.
Got his own team's announcer fired.
Had opposing players lined up on the top step of their dugout watching his every pitch.
Was a shooting star unlike any other.

Livo was amazing and probably shoulda made the all star team.
But SS was above human.....for awhile anyway.

Posted by: skins_fan_22 | October 4, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I would like to vote for the entire bullpen... I believe they pitched more innings then any other bullpen in the majors and for the most part they were spectacular... not perfect, but still spectacular...

Hey, Livan beat all expectations and he was solid from his 1st start to his last... and Strasburg was of course dazzling when healthy... but (with the exception of Brian Bruney... and I guess Joe Bisenius) everyone in the bullpen met or exceeded reasonable expectations, often by a wide margin...

Bullpen is my MVP for the 2010 Nats, as well... bravo...

Posted by: Ghost7 | October 4, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I would like to vote for the entire bullpen... I believe they pitched more innings then any other bullpen in the majors and for the most part they were spectacular... not perfect, but still spectacular...

Hey, Livan beat all expectations and he was solid from his 1st start to his last... and Strasburg was of course dazzling when healthy... but (with the exception of Brian Bruney... and I guess Joe Bisenius) everyone in the bullpen met or exceeded reasonable expectations, often by a wide margin...

Bullpen is my MVP for the 2010 Nats, as well... bravo...

Posted by: Ghost7 | October 4, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna go with Livo, though I'd also give a nod to Capps.

(And SS in $$ terms as far as making the cash register sing, I would think.)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 4, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

You're joking, right?

This pitching staff had only 3 pitchers with more than 100 innings pitched. Not a single starter other than SS had a winning record, and for all the brilliance he displayed, he averaged fewer than 6 innings per start. The team ERA was 11th in the league.

None of them deserves recognition as Team Pitcher of the Year.

What's next, Adam, Most Valuable Outfielder? If so, is there going to be a button offering a chance to vote for Willie Harris?

Posted by: Fairfax6 | October 4, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I did give my nod to Capps, both because of his performance while here and because of the likely long-term value of trading him for Wilson Ramos.

Posted by: greggwiggins | October 4, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I would have to give it to Pudge. He was the MVP the first two months of the season. Factor in that he was only to be a part time player and played a good protion of the season, he gets my vote.

Posted by: Batboy05 | October 4, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, wrong post. I go with Levo.

Posted by: Batboy05 | October 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

None of them deserves recognition as Team Pitcher of the Year.

What's next, Adam, Most Valuable Outfielder? If so, is there going to be a button offering a chance to vote for Willie Harris?

Posted by: Fairfax6 | October 4, 2010 3:47 PM

Why do you even bother posting here? Just fcuk off and talk to fans of teams you care about.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 4, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, only pro-Natinal posts only. This ain't your America pa!!!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Livo, but was there for the very first Strasmas, and I will never forget it. Had he played more games, SS would have been the one. I also agree that the collective bullpen deserves notice for having a fine year.

As to the earlier question of what we are interested in seeing, in the off season last year I had to rely on mlbrumors to find out anything about the hot stove league and I'd like to see that change. As someone commented, it would be great to see an article with specifics about what the Lerners intend to do with this perennial last place team, but I'd guess they would be unwilling to do that. During the regular season, I thought the morning brushback worked well. Liked the quick rundown on the minors and the links to what others were saying.

Posted by: NatsFly | October 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Livan is 35, you're a liar, and he knows the difference between grammar and spelling. You twit.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 4, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Game, set, pwn.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 4, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Kev29:

Ordinarily, I'd assume that was an intentional misspelling, but in your case I know it can't be.

Have a great off season.

:-)

Posted by: Fairfax6 | October 5, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Cant blame SS for not going past the 6th inning when he was on a pitch count and inning count.

But got to go with the old man, he gave us a shut out game with a 75 mph fastball.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 5, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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