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Pitching Stellar, Offense Problematic for Slumping Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Francisco Liriano throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) In most situations, giving up seven total runs over three games will be enough to win a series. The Pittsburgh Pirates had no such luck over the weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals,...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: May 2

It’s a pretty lean Saturday across baseball, as there aren’t many standout options. Have a look for yourself, and see what you can find to occupy your time and your setup: Francisco Liriano (PIT) vs. John Lackey (STL) 2:15 p.m. ET Liriano is off to a pretty good start four turns through the rotation. He’s struck out 11.1 per nine innings, and has good marks in...
Via The Sports Post
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Red-hot Cardinals off to best start in 71 years

Francisco Liriano has the difficult task of facing a St. Louis Cardinals team that's off to its best start in 71 seasons. The Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander, however, has shined in his rare appearances in St. Louis and is looking to build on one of his best outings of the season Saturday. St. Louis is 16-6 for the first time since winning 18 of its first 24 games in 1944 and has...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs offense no where to be found as Pirates complete sweep

PHOENIX -- ittsburgh's slow start to the season is quickly fading into the rearview mirror. The Pirates can thank their starting pitchers for the turnaround. Francisco Liriano pitched effectively into the seventh inning in a combined three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed their first sweep in Arizona with an 8-0 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday. "We're playing better...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano looks to lead Pirates to sweep over Diamondbacks

Much as it was gratifying to see the Pirates win a game started by AJ Burnett last night, it’d be great to see them get a win this afternoon in a game started by Francisco Liriano. Liriano was a little uneven in his last start against the Cubs, but has on the whole been excellent in 2015. His fastball has the zip that was missing in the early part of last season, his command has...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 18: Pirates 2 Diamondbacks 1

It’s nice to see this Pirate team start to win some baseball games in different ways. They came into this game having lost quite a few pitchers duels (almost all of them with AJ Burnett or Francisco Liriano on the mound — six of their eight losses have been started by those two, even though they’ve pitched quite well), so it was really good to see Burnett make another solid...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Liriano to start Opening Day

It’s not exactly a surprise, but Clint Hurdle announced on Tuesday that Francisco Liriano will be the Pirates’ Opening Day starter. While I am sure some folks would have liked it to be Cole, Frankie is really the obvious choice to me (not that it matters all that much) – he has been the team’s best starting pitcher by a wide margin during the time that he’s been here and...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Francisco Liriano, Pirates Agree To Three-Year, $39M Contract

This embed is invalid" /> Francisco Liriano will remain in the Steel City. Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract, a source told MLB Daily Rumors’ Robert Murray. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman has since confirmed the deal. Liriano spent the last two seasons in Pittsburgh, where he revitalized a career that...
December 09, 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...
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June 08, 2014  |  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...
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

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