Francisco Liriano looked much more like himself last night

I glossed over the more analytical aspects of last night’s game in my recap from last night, but I wanted to follow up on Francisco Liriano’s start since I’ve been paying so much attention to his performance to start the year. I watched the ESPN feed last night (there was no ROOT feed last night due to the Pens’ game and I really cannot stand the Reds’ broadcast team on...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano tries to right the ship

I’ve wrote quite a bit about Francisco Liriano’s early-season struggles before and after his start against the Reds last week. There are two things to watch tonight, I think. The first is just his overall velocity, which has been down enough in the early season to catch my eye. The second is his pitch selection against righties; he’s used his changeup as his primary pitch...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 15: Reds 4 Pirates 0

One of the difficult things about the early part of the baseball season is that it’s relatively easy to swap causes and effects with each other and end up tumbling down a rabbit hole of overthinking that can drive a fan crazy. Let’s start with a simple statement: the Pirates are 7-8, and they have not played very well at any point in this young season. You could twist that statement...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano tries to get back on track

One of the big questions surrounding the Pirates all winter was whether Francisco Liriano would be able to replicate his fantastic 2013 season, given that he’s never managed to put together two good seasons at any other point in his career. Through three starts, Liriano turned in a solid Opening Day performance against the Cubs, and two middling, homer-riddled starts after that...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers continue winning ways with timely hitting, quality pitching

MILWAUKEE -- For three innings, Francisco Liriano looked like the man to finally slow down the Milwaukee Brewers. Such was not the case. Despite having no-hit stuff early on, Liriano made a couple of mistakes that were capitalized on, as the Brewers got a strong pitching performance from Wily Peralta in a 4-2 victory Friday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of 27,469 at...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: What we’ve learned so far

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit totalprosports.   A few shoot-from-the-hip thoughts after watching the rain delayed, surprising 12-2 series-opening drubbing of the St. Louis Cardinals… A lot to like about Charlie Morton’s 2014 debut 1.  Once again, it looks like the strength of the Pittsburgh Pirates is going to be their starting pitching.  Rotation ace...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano cleared for Opening Day start

Francisco Liriano‘s groin injury put his Opening Day start in jeopardy, but Tom Singer of reports that the Pirates left-hander “has been given the green light” to pitch Game 1 against the Cubs. Liriano began last season on the disabled list with a broken right arm from an offseason accident and didn’t make his Pirates debut until May 11, but from that point forward...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates' Francisco Liriano (groin) will test progress tomorrow

Left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates' Ace and Opening Day starter, has developed a groin issue that may—or may not—prevent him from making that first start. According to Pittsburgh's 93.7 The Fan, GM Neil Huntington and Manager Clint Hurdle differ on Lirano's chances, with Hurdle claiming "It's the first I've heard of [Liriano not...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Possible playoff rotation

Francisco Liriano (Courtesy DAVID DENOMA/REUTERS) The Pittsburgh Pirates have been carried most of the season by their pitching, especially the starting rotation. The majority of their starters have performed well this year. Even injuries could not bring down the rotation thanks to the depth options. With the end of the season approaching, the Pirates have their best starters going...
September 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Pirates win the lottery with Francisco Liriano

Or did they? I pick the games every day. Perhaps you know that. As such, I see trends. I also follow the games in the evening and on Monday night, I was watching as Francisco Liriano again won big with scary, impressive numbers. My first thought was, "Anybody could have had this guy." He was unwanted. His career was in such disarray that he could not ask for much money...
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August 22, 2013  |  Discuss

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