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The Unusually Compelling Kyle Gibson: Just a Tweak Away?

“Kyle Gibson?” That was the first comment from my piece, yesterday, on Francisco Liriano, who embodies a league-wide trend of pitchers subtly altering their approach and hitters seemingly failing to adjust. You see, Gibson’s name was twice invoked in a group of unique pitchers, and, given the context of the groups, Gibson stuck out as something of a stranger in the room. The...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano and a League-Wide Trend

It’s been true for each of the last five years, that Francisco Liriano has finished each season with a higher strikeout rate than the one before it. It’s been true for each of the last four years, that Liriano has finished each season with a slower average fastball velocity than the one before it. The magnitude of these differences isn’t substantial — he’s gained a little...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees have opened up a Francisco Liriano-sized hole

Over the past few days the New York Yankees have seen a lot of pitching walk out the door. To be fair to the team, they have received players in return, it wasn’t simply a matter of a couple of pitchers making a run for it. Although that story would be significantly more interesting, it would also set some dangerous precedents regarding team control. In trades with the Chicago...
Via BP Bronx
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

That Time Frankie Liriano Went Deep

Easily the most unbelievable thing you’ll see all year: It was bizarro Francisco Liriano on Saturday for sure – he could hit, but couldn’t pitch. It was an uncharacteristically ugly outing on the mound….but that homer was just oh-so-glorious. Consider…. In ten years of baseball (granted, this is just his third in the NL), he had scored one career run. He had crossed the...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
August 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Game 39: Twins 8 Pirates 5

After spending the better part of a week thinking about Francisco Liriano, worrying about Francisco Liriano, and fighting with people on the internet about Francisco Liriano, Liriano went out and laid a gigantic egg against his old team last night. The thing that is probably most relevant about Liriano’s season to this point is this: Liriano has given up eight home runs in 47 2...
May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano: I Talked With Red Sox Before Signing With Pirates

This embed is invalid" /> Francisco Liriano apparently took the best deal available. But according to the pitcher, it wasn’t the only deal available. Liriano recently told Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh that he had discussions with the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros before signing a three-year...
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates re-sign Francisco Liriano to three-year/$39 million deal

I’ve been grading for like six hours now and my brain feels like chewed bubblegum, so I’m going to save the analysis for after dinner, but the Pirates re-signed Francisco Liriano to a three-year deal with $39 million this afternoon (first report here, MLB Trade Rumors round-up here). Such is the eternal state of the Pittsburgh Pirates that I can tell you that a 3-year/$39 million...
December 09, 2014  |  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 re-ups with Pirates for three years

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost catcher Russell Martin earlier this winter to the Blue Jays, but they won’t be losing starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. The club has agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with Liriano that will keep him in the black and gold. Source: Francisco Liriano to the #Pirates on a three-year, $39 million deal. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) December...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Like a broken record: Francisco Liriano once again tries to find himself

Rather than re-hashing the same old same old “The Pirates need Francisco Liriano back on track to contend” that gets trotted out every time he starts, let’s take a minute a check out his Brooks Baseball page to see if the narrative that he’s looked better since his return from the disabled list except for his control checks out. If we’re just going by pitch velocities,...
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

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