Francisco Liriano's Pittsburgh renaissance continued into its third season, as the lefty completed arguably his best campaign since coming to the National League. He went 12-7 with a 3.38 ERA, tying a career high with 31 starts. Liriano lost neither velocity nor his ability to get swings and misses on pitches outside the strike zone. While he is not an innings eater, Liriano still produces enough to merit selection as one of the top 35 starting pitchers off the board.
Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano allowed four runs on seven hits, he did not walk a batter and struck out five over five innings, but came away with a no-decision as the Pirates downed the Reds 6-4 in 12 innings Friday night. Liriano finishes the regular season with a 12-7 record to go with a solid 3.38 ERA. He also notched 205 strikeouts in 186.2 innings, so overall he falls on the plus side of fantasy performers. Inconsistency was perhaps his most frustrating trait as he went through very good stretches and equally ugly volatile periods. For example, he posted a 4.94 ERA for the month of August (his worst month) as a follow-up to carrying a 2.03 ERA in July (his best month).
Pirates starter Francisco Liriano was sharp again Saturday, tossing 7 2/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out nine to pick up his 12th win of the season. He's now got three quality starts with nine or more K's in his last four outings, and Liriano seems to be rounding back into form just in time for the postseason. His final regular season start is scheduled for Friday, at home against the Reds.
Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano was nearly unhittable during Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Reds. Liriano (10-7) did not surrender a run over six innings and only gave up three hits. He also struck out 10 and walked one. He was able to lower his ERA to 3.27. Liriano has received a quality start in two of his last three outings.
The Pirates had won 11 consecutive games started by southpaw Francisco Liriano when they arrived at the ballpark Thursday in Milwaukee. Liriano didn't allow them to make it 12. He continued to slump with a weak effort in which he allowed four runs on seven hits in just five innings with five walks and four strikeouts. The walk total was his highest since April 26. He was fine through four, but a Khris Davis double tallied one in the fifth and a walk, triple and double to start the sixth sent him to the showers. Liriano now owns a 3.40 ERA, its highest point since May 29. He has given up 19 runs in 32 1/3 innings since the beginning of August.
Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano struck out five batters in a no-decision against the Rockies on Friday. Liriano gave up three runs in six innings before being pulled from the game. He allowed three walks and two home runs. Liriano (9-6) has a 3.27 ERA in 153 2/3 innings this season.