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Francisco Liriano has thrived since returning from bullpen

Jun 21, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

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Francisco Liriano had a 9.45 ERA, .346 opponents’ batting average, and 21/19 K/BB ratio in 27 innings over six starts when the Twins demoted him to the bullpen in mid-May.

He didn’t pitch particularly well in a brief stint as a reliever, but since rejoining the rotation he has a 2.67 ERA, .155 opponents’ batting average, and 35/12 K/BB ratio in 30 innings over five starts.

That includes 6.2 innings of one-run ball against the Pirates last night for his fourth Quality Start in five tries after turning in zero Quality Starts before May 30.

It’s hard to imagine the Twins re-signing the impending free agent considering what a headache he’s been, in which case Liriano has another half-dozen starts to build up trade value and continue to show that his slider remains one of the best pitches in baseball.

  1. ndnut - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Here’s to hoping he pitches well in a Minneapolis Millers uniform on June 30th as I have secured tickets to the game and I counted it out saying he would pitch. Go Frankie!

  2. sisqsage - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Wasn’t he told to lay off the slider after his arm was blownout and it took him about two years to feel right again?

    Then, it was the “pitch to contact “approach, which was a disaster.

    So I guess he’ll be good again…until he blows his arm out again. Happens all the time to pitchers who rely too much on the slider.

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