When Francisco Liriano left the Minnesota Twins, mostly everyone had counted his career as “over”. In 2006, Liriano won 12 games and had an ERA of 2.16. He’s never really gotten back to that form it seems. But now with the Pirates, he’s seemingly starting his career over again.
This past week, Liriano made his first two starts for the Buccs, picking up a win in each outing. With a 2-0 record, he has an ERA of 1.64. He also has 16 strikeouts through two games. He hasn’t went extremely deep in a game yet, pitching just 5.1 and 5.2 innings in each game respectively, but he’s shown promise already. He’s only given up one run in each game and has only walked a total of five batters. So far he hasn’t given up more than six hits in a game, and has been a solid addition to the rotation.
With Liriano clicking, the offense won’t look as bad when they don’t produce a significant amount of runs. For his strong start with the Pirates, Liriano is this week’s Yinzer of the Week.
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