As Scott Miller pointed out, Francisco Liriano is as "infuriatingly inconsistent" as they come.
And the Twins have the stats to prove it.
Among the numbers the Twins looked up (or had the Elias Sports Bureau look up) about Liriano's Tuesday night no-hitter against the White Sox, this one stands out:
Of all the pitchers who threw a no-hitter at least five starts into a season, Liriano's 9.13 ERA was the highest. It's not even close. The next highest was Jose Jimenez (1999) at 6.99. Some have pointed out that Bill Dietrich had a 10.12 ERA when he no-hit the St. Louis Browns in 1937, but Dietrich was making just his second start of the season.
Other numbers from the Twins (and Elias):
-- The only other Twins no-hitter on the road was by Dean Chance, in 1967 in Cleveland.
-- Edwin Jackson became the first pitcher ever to lose to a no-hitter a year after throwing a no-hitter. Jackson is also the guy who told me last week that he wouldn't predict who would throw the first 2011 no-hitter, because "How do you ever know? Because if you'd have asked me if I was going to throw one, I'd have said, 'Never.'"
-- Liriano's two strikeouts were the fewest in a no-hitter since Jerry Reuss of the Dodgers had two against the Giants in 1980. Two pitchers have thrown no-strikeout no-hitters -- Sad Sam Jones in 1923 against the A's, and Ken Holtzman in 1969 against the Braves.
-- Liriano is the fifth pitcher from the Dominican Republic to throw a no-hitter. The other four: Juan Marichal, Ramon Martinez, Jose Jimenez and Ubaldo Jimenez.