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Game 156: Pirates 1 Braves 0

Who plays three 1-0 games in a row? I mean, I don’t want to complain since the Pirates have lost so many one-run games this year and because wins are wins at this stage in the season. The Pirates are getting some good starts, they’re getting some big hits, and they’ve got their magic number down to two with six games left. It’s always great to see Andrew McCutchen get a big...
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It’s not over yet

The Pirates/Brewers series this weekend was exhausting and exciting and it was pretty gratifying to see the Pirates get two wins and run their wild card lead up to 4 1/2 games, but it’s not quite true that they don’t have anything left to play for. Their magic number to clinch a wild card bid is three. That’s probably trivial in theory given their remaining schedule, but, well...
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano Made $2 M in Performance Bonuses This Year

While writing last night’s First Pitch, I took a moment to see what Francisco Liriano’s restructured deal actually paid him. Originally, Liriano signed a two-year, $12.75 M deal. After breaking his arm, the deal was restructured as a one year, $1 M deal with a lot of performance bonuses. Last night I was reminded that Liriano has reached a lot of those bonuses this season. Last...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pirates-Braves Preview

Since Francisco Liriano was hit hard by the Atlanta Braves last month, he's been especially stingy. Looking to continue their playoff push, Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates open a season-ending seven-game road trip Monday night in Atlanta. Pittsburgh (84-71) climbed 4 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot after taking two of three from the Brewers over...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Aside From Francisco Liriano, Who Should Be in the Pirates’ Playoff Rotation?

The Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t clinched anything yet. But it’s becoming quite clear that this team is going to the playoffs. They currently sit 2.5 games back in the NL Central, 2.5 games back from the first Wild Card spot, and 2.5 games in the lead for the second Wild Card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers are the only threat to their playoff chances, and the red-hot Pirates play...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano looks to keep rolling against Red Sox

I have, at various points this year, come up with a number of potential explanations as to why Francisco Liriano hasn’t been quite as good in 2013 as he was in 2014. In the early part of the season, I thought that maybe it was because he was throwing his changeup a bit too regularly. When he came back from the disabled list in July, I was convinced along with everyone else that...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lining up the Pirates’ rotation the rest of the way

Monday was the last off day of the regular season for the Pirates. With only thirteen games left, I think we’re at the point where we can reasonably look forward and see what the rotation could look like the rest of the way — since that will be a growing topic as the Wild Card game approaches. The Bucs still have to get there, of course, but let’s take a look at how things...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Liriano fans 12 in Pirates' 4-1 win over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Francisco Liriano struck out a season-high 12 in eight dominant innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Thursday night. Liriano allowed only six runners for the Pirates, who have won seven of eight to strengthen their hold on the second wild-card spot in the National League. Ike Davis and Neil Walker broke out of slumps with RBI...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano (SP, PIT) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues ANALYSIS: Since returning from injury on July 13th, Francisco Liriano has been very steady, and worthy of owning in all leagues.  He hasn’t allowed more than 2 ER in the 6 starts after his July 13th return (in which he allowed a whopping 3), and after a 6 BB hiccup in […]
Via RotoBaller
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano an interesting option among Week 11 Two Start Pitchers

Plenty of Two Start Pitchers options on the waiver wire for Week 11 of the Fantasy Baseball season. Would you stop reading if I told you I like A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano this week? You might, and I would respect you, but they have favorable matchups in Week 11 and are owned in less than 70 percent of leagues, so there is a chance they could help you out. Justin Verlander...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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