Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano bounced back from his worst start of the season with six scoreless innings Monday against St. Louis.
Insight: Liriano allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in four innings against the Braves in his last start. Even with that start included, the left-hander has recorded a 2.81 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in his last 48 innings.
8/19/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano gave up nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and three walks in four innings Tuesday against Atlanta.
Insight: Liriano gave up two runs or less in each of his previous six starts and hadn't allowed more than three since May 25. The left-hander is 3-10 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP, but he also has 127 Ks in 118 1/3 innings.
7/23/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano has allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in his last 12 innings to lower his ERA from 4.72 to 4.18.
Insight: Liriano has the lowest contact rate in baseball (minimum 80 innings) this season, but he's struggled with walks (4.79 BB/9).
7/9/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano (oblique) will Sunday against the Reds, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Liriano strained his oblique on June 10. The left-hander has gone 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA this season after going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA a year ago. Vance Worley will move to the bullpen.
7/8/2014 6:25:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano (oblique) will start one of Pittsburgh's games against the Reds from July 11-13, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Liriano strained his oblique on June 10. The left-hander has gone 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA this season after going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA a year ago.
6/11/2014 3:18:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Francisco Liriano (oblique) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Liriano left Tuesday's start with soreness in his side. He's had a miserable year, going 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA, and it just got worse.
6/10/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano left Tuesday's start with oblique discomfort.
Insight: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Dejan Kovacevic suggested that Liriano (1-6, 4.60 ERA) could be placed on the disabled list. It's bad news for a Pittsburgh rotation already without one of its best starters (Gerrit Cole was placed on the DL Sunday with shoulder fatigue).
6/10/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano exited Tuesday's start against the Cubs prior to the fourth inning, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Liriano appeared to be in some discomfort and left after stretching and throwing a few warm-up pitches. Liriano was excellent last season, going 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP, but this year he's 1-6 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
6/4/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano allowed just one hit in five innings Wednesday at San Diego, but he walked six and allowed three runs (two earned).
Insight: Liriano has thrown 100+ pitches in each of the last two starts without making it through the sixth inning. The left-hander walked 3.52 batters per nine innings last year but has issued 4.67 free passes per nine in 2014. He hasn't thrown more than 5 2/3 innings in a start since May 14 and now has a 4.54 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP and a 73/36 K/BB in 69 1/3 innings.
5/20/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano gave up six runs on nine hits in five innings Tuesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Liriano hasn't been the same pitcher he was in 2013. His BB/9 is up from 3.52 to 4.02 and he's allowed seven homers in 53 2/3 innings after giving up just nine in 161 innings last season. He's 0-4 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.
5/9/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano has walked two or more batters in all eight starts this season.
Insight: Liriano (0-3, 4.64 ERA) issued four free passes and allowed three runs on five hits in five innings Friday against St. Louis. The left-hander walked more than 5.00 batters per nine innings in 2012 and 2013, but he walked 3.52 per nine in 2013 and went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA.
4/26/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano exited Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms. SOURCE: Bill Brink, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Stolmy Pimentel relieved Liriano in the third inning. Despite a respectable 3.97 ERA in six starts, Liriano is still winless on the season. Consider him day-to-day.
3/31/2014 9:42:00 PM
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.