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...
2 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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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Pirates retread Volquez?

When Francisco Liriano's career had bottomed out, the Pittsburgh Pirates provided a safe haven for him to work his way back to prominence. So when the team embarked upon the task of filling out its starting rotation in December, Liriano was happy to return the favor and play the role of recruiter-in-chief. Early in the offseason, when Edinson Volquez was looking for a home in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals finally solve Liriano puzzle

The Cardinals got an early rally against the unlikeliest of pitchers, but it was an early move to a most reliable pitcher that spun those runs into a win. With the Cardinals clinging to a three-run lead Saturday and the tying run at the plate in the sixth inning, manager Mike Matheny called for Carlos Martinez, the righty who exited spring designated as the club’s setup man. Instead...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano, Joe Kelly, and the early season

I never know what to do with myself for the first few weeks of baseball season; it’s always awesome when baseball comes back, but it’s incredibly hard to find meaning in anything that happens in the first few weeks of games. If you’re worried about how Francisco Liriano will hold up to a full season of work immediately following a nearly-full season of work, all you can do...
13 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...
13 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...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 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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24 days ago  |  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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