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Francisco Liriano is 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA for the Pirates

May 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Francisco Liriano was terrible for the Twins and White Sox last season and then lost out on a ton of guaranteed money with the Pirates when he broke his right arm trying to prank his kids on Christmas morning.

That all led to a whole lot of jokes at his expense and caused Liriano to miss the first month of the season, but now he’s healthy and looking extremely good.

Liriano shut out the Cubs for seven innings last night and is now 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 25/6 K/BB ratio in 18 innings for the Pirates.

He hasn’t faced any strong lineups yet through three starts, but it’s hard to argue with 25 strikeouts in 18 innings and as usual if Liriano shows any semblance of decent control he has the raw stuff to dominate.

  1. Ben - May 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    His first half of 2006 was the most electrifying baseball stretch of baseball I’ve watched. I’m glad he’s still in the league, and that maybe he’s figured it out.

  2. Detroit Michael - May 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    In 2012, Liriano had 17 K / 3 BB in 12 IP at one point. In 2011, Liriano had 17 K / 2 BB in 15 IP at one point. His spring training numbers some years look fantastic. I’d just point out that he has a history of looking great in short spurts.

  3. yahmule - May 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    With a sense of trepidation bordering on dread, roto leaguers will now begin to apprehensively add Liriano to their rosters. May the rotisserie gods have mercy on their ratios.

    • rocketsteadman - May 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Especially with the Tigers as his next stop on the schedule…Miggy is probably smiling right now

  4. yahmule - May 23, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    That game will get so ugly it should be age restricted.

    • mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Kids should learn about death, destruction, and degradation at an early age. Cure them of the rainbows-and-unicorns stuff, prepare them for the real world. A Liriano meltdown will do the trick. You don’t know when it’s coming, but it’s coming.

  5. Stiller43 - May 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Thank god he’s been a million times better than that hack jonathan sanchez

  6. albertmn - May 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I wish Liriano the best of luck and hope he has something figured out. But, this Twins fan has seen this too many times. Show enough flashes of not just decency but brilliance to keep getting signed to contracts, but never have consistency over a full, healthy season.

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