Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano took a no decision Monday against the Cubs despite throwing six shutout innings with 10 strikeouts.
Insight: Jeff Samardzija was fantastic for the other side and the Pirates ended up winning 1-0 in 10 innings. Monday's results are exactly what we want to see from Liriano early in the season. He had a 3.02 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 163 Ks in 161 innings in 2013 but put up an ERA above five in three of the previous four years.
3/27/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: According to mlb.com, the Pirates move to send pitcher Brandon Cumpton to the minors on Thursday is an indication that Francisco Liriano (groin) has received the green light to start on Opening Day.
Insight: Liriano left his last start due to left groin tightness, but he was able to throw a successful simulated game Wednesday. The lefty resurrected his career with a 16-8 record, a 3.02 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 161 innings last season after posting an ERA north of five in 2009, 2011 and 2012 with the Twins.
3/26/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano (groin) said he is "good to go" after he threw 55 pitches in a three-inning simulated game Wednesday, according to Tom Singer of mlb.com.
Insight: Liriano left his last start due to left groin tightness, but he's expected to start Opening Day against the Cubs. The lefty resurrected his career with a 16-8 record, a 3.02 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 161 innings last season after posting an ERA north of five in 2009, 2011 and 2012 with the Twins.
3/20/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano had to leave Thursday's game early after landing awkwardly on one of his pitches. SOURCE: Rob Biertempfel, Pittsburgh Tribune
Insight: It sounds like he may have sprained his ankle. For the most part, Liriano has looked pretty good this spring. In four appearances, he owns a 2.31 ERA with ten strikeouts and four walks.
2/18/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: The Pirates will go with lefthander Francisco Liriano on Opening Day. SOURCE: Jayson Stark, ESPN
Insight: He'll get the nod March 31st against the Cubs. Liriano was a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners last season. His 3.02 ERA over 161 innings was his first sub-five ERA since 2010.
11/4/2013 10:33:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh ace Francisco Liriano took home Comeback Player of the Year honors for the National League.
Insight: Liriano won 16 games for the Pirates a year after going 6-12 with Minnesota. He went 1-0 in the playoffs with a 2.08 ERA in two starts.
10/9/2013 6:53:00 PM
Description: Game 3 starter Francisco Liriano will be available out of the pen should Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole run into trouble on Wednesday night. SOURCE: Stan McNeal, Fox Sports Midwest
Insight: While we're not expecting Clint Hurdle to pull a Joe Maddon, Cole will probably be on a pretty short leash. Liriano is 1-0 this postseason with a 2.08 ERA in two starts.
9/20/2013 10:57:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano gave up just three hits and two runs over eight innings Friday against the Reds, but Mark Melancon blew the save in the ninth to cost Liriano his 17th win.
Insight: Liriano has proved to be a fantastic pickup for the Pirates after several erratic seasons for the Twins over the last few years. He's 16-7 with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP and has struck out 155 batters in 156 innings.
9/19/2013 6:05:00 PM
Description: Lefthander Francisco Liriano is likely to start Pittsburgh's playoff opener. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Insight: It's looking like that start will be the do-or-die Wild Card game rather than Game 1 of the Division Series. In order to win the division, Pittsburgh needs to gain two games on St. Louis in the next week and a half.
8/30/2013 10:16:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano easily dispatched the Cardinals Friday night to help Pittsburgh tie for first place in the NL Central.
Insight: Over eight two-hit innings, Liriano struck out six, walked two and didn't give up a run to win his 15th game of the season, tied for first in the NL and second in the majors. Liriano still has not had two consecutive subpar starts this season.
8/14/2013 10:50:00 PM
Description: Pirates lefthander Francisco Liriano recorded his second complete game of the season Wednesday in a 5-1 win over St. Louis.
Insight: He's 2-0 against the Cardinals this season with a 1.13 ERA. Liriano's last start was a disaster (2 1/3 IP, 12 H, 10 ER versus Colorado) so it's good to see him get back on track.
8/9/2013 10:54:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano imploded Friday against the Rockies, allowing 12 hits and ten earned runs in just 2 1/3 innings.
Insight: Unless the Pirates can erase a 10-1 deficit, Liriano will pick up his fifth loss of the season. We're not sure what happened to Liriano tonight. Just six days ago, he dominated these same Rockies, allowing just two hits over seven scoreless innings. He'll go back to the drawing board next week against St. Louis.
8/3/2013 10:56:00 PM
Description: Pirates ace Francisco Liriano pitched seven innings of two-hit baseball as he continues to show that old magic. He's now 12-4 this season.
Insight: Liriano has gone from a posting an ERA above 5.00 in three of the previous four seasons with Minnesota to a Cy Young contender with the Pirates. He's one of the major reasons why Pittsburgh leads the majors in ERA.
7/29/2013 10:01:00 PM
Description: Pirates ace Francisco Liriano dropped his ERA to 2.16 in a win over St. Louis Monday.
Insight: Liriano (11-4) has gone from a posting an ERA above 5.00 in three of the previous four seasons with Minnesota to a Cy Young contender with the Pirates. He's one of the major reasons why Pittsburgh leads the majors in ERA.
7/24/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Pirates ace Francisco Liriano notched his tenth win of the season Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Where is this coming from? After a few brutal seasons in Minnesota, Liriano has completely reinvented himself in Pittsburgh. Tonight he allowed just two hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings, walking three with eight strikeouts. His 2.23 ERA is tied for third-best in the National League.
7/19/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano closed out the first half with four straight wins, a 9-3 record and a 2.00 ERA, but he allowed five hits, walked four and gave up five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Friday night at Cincinnati.
Insight: Liriano has been brilliant this season, but we haven't forgotten his struggles of 2009-12. Fantasy owners should start shopping him to gauge his value.
7/11/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh lefthander Francisco Liriano was sensational Wednesday in a win against Oakland.
Insight: He walked one and struck out six over seven scoreless innings. The victory was the team's first in 12 tries against the A's. Liriano (9-3) heads into the All-Star break with four wins in a row and a team-leading 2.00 ERA.
7/5/2013 7:30:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano dominated the game and completed just the second complete game of his career. He threw 111 pitches, yielding just four hits and striking out seven.
Insight: Not a single player for the Cubs had a batting above .250 or had more than two career hits against Liriano with four starters (Dioner Navaaro, Darwin Barney, Scott Hairston and Anthony Rizzo) hitless against the left-hander heading into the game, so we expected a good outing.
7/5/2013 3:00:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano will face a Chicago Cubs lineup that he has dominated in past matchups.
Insight: Not a single player for the Cubs is batting above .250 or has more than two career hits against Liriano with four players (Dioner Navaaro, Darwin Barney, Scott Hairston and Anthony Rizzo) hitless against the left-hander.
6/29/2013 10:58:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano tossed six innings and allowed one run on seven hits Saturday against the visiting Brewers.
Insight: Year-after-year, Liriano has been plagued by walks and by awful performances with men on base. He has posted a walk rate over 4.00, a strand rate under 69 percent and an ERA over 5.00 in three of the previous four seasons. This year, however, his BB/9 is 3.41, his strand rate is 83.3 percent and his ERA is 2.23.
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