Livan seems more able to handle a very heavy workload than any pitcher in baseball. He's been a horse for years and keeps on truckin'. I've read that he will "coast," meaning he doesn't go all out on every pitch. He hits spots, changes speeds, mixes it up. He pitches like a guy from 90 years ago, when pitchers didn't go all out on every pitch. When he needs it for a key at-bat or a key pitch, he can go full force, but he seems to be able to pitch at 80% effort, or whatever he needs to, and still be effective.
Roger Angell: I was talking with Bob Gibson and I said: 'Are you always this competitive?' He said: 'Oh, I think so. I got a three-year old daughter, and I've played about 500 games of tic-tac-toe with her and she hasn't beat me yet.'