"I like the Nationals because of the way they treat people," Hernandez said recently. "I think it's very nice. I think that is more important. I'm very excited to come back. My history is here. I love the city. There are a lot of things you could do."
In August, the Nationals signed Hernandez for the rest of the season in order to give them innings and shut down some of the young arms on the pitching staff. For the most part, Hernandez has given them what they want. He has averaged six innings per start.
Hernandez hopes to pitch more innings on Sunday and break the Nationals' three-game losing streak as he faces the Braves at Nationals Park.
WSH: RHP Livan Hernandez (8-12, 5.53 ERA)
Hernandez is 1-4 with a 5.75 ERA in six starts since the Nationals signed him on Aug. 25, six days after he was released by the Mets. He allowed eight runs on eight hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings last time out, a 14-2 blowout against the Dodgers. He beat the Braves on May 5, holding Atlanta to one run in 6 1/3 innings in a 4-3 Mets victory.
ATL: RHP Derek Lowe (15-9, 4.55 ERA)
Lowe has halted some of his frustrations while winning three of his past four decisions. The veteran right-hander doesn't seem too concerned about the scratch he developed on his right thumb while limiting the Mets to three runs in five innings on Monday night. He has surrendered 12 homers on the season and four of those have been during the course of his past five starts. His lone win in four starts against the Nationals this year occurred on Aug. 12, when he allowed two runs in seven innings.
Pitcher Zack Segovia pitched three shutout innings against the Braves on Saturday. ... The Nationals have four pinch-hit homers this season. .... Ryan Zimmerman has hit into a team-leading 22 double plays this season.
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Monday: Nationals (Ross Detwiler, 0-6, 5.71) vs. Mets (Nelson Figueroa, 2-7, 4.88), 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Nationals (J.D. Martin, 5-4, 4.71) vs. Mets (Mike Pelfrey, 10-12, 5.08), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Nationals (John Lannan, 9-13, 3.93) vs. Mets (Tim Redding, 3-6, 5.29), 4:35 p.m. ET