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Francisco Liriano finishes the first half 9-3 with a 2.00 ERA

Jul 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Francisco Liriano was terrible for the Twins and White Sox last season and then made headlines for all the wrong reasons this winter when his two-year deal with the Pirates had to be reworked due to an at-home injury.

That delayed Liriano’s season debut until mid-May, but he’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball since then and finished the first half on a high note last night by shutting out the A’s for seven innings. Liriano heads into the All-Star break at 9-3 with a 2.00 ERA in 12 starts, posting an 80/28 K/BB ratio and .221 opponents’ batting average in 77 innings.

He’s not quite the overpowering force of nature he was for Minnesota before undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery, but Liriano is close enough to slice through the National League while looking like one of the best free agent signings of the offseason.

  1. number42is1 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • dan1111 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      This year they look like they are finally for real. It’s about time.

      • number42is1 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        shhhhhhhhhhhhhh You’re gonna jinx it!

  2. yahmule - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Good for him. I was among the many people who were shoveling dirt on his career last year.

  3. modellforprez - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    FRANKIE is a monster. and Jeffrey Locke should be like 11-1 12-1 but his offense leaves em out to hang. see if that white sox Pirate deal can get done the Pi-RATS could sure use Rios’s Lumber

  4. APBA Guy - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    After just watching 3 Pirate starters yield just 4 runs to the A’s, Liriano is “only” the best of a very, very good bunch. Pirate fans should be thrilled.

    • gdobs227 - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      Huntington has done a helluva job putting the pitching staff together.

  5. yankeepunk3000 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    so everthing going good for the pirates? about time ! woop woop

  6. Blackhawks5xchamps - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Fluke. Second half stats: 6.00ERA , 3-9. Any wagers?

  7. stairwayto7 - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Cy Young winner!

  8. unfortunateminnesotasportsfan - Jul 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Give him time. He will disappoint you! And pirates fans know all about disappointment. Lol

  9. ezwriter69 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Having watched him the last few years in Minnesota, it is absolutely impossible for me to believe he could be 9-3 in American Legion ball, much less the NL. This is just amazing… and a 2.0 ERA? He has to have had a combined arm AND brain transplant…

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Welcome to the NL Francisco!!

  11. brettj666 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    My sleeper pick for NL CY Young

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