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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher | #47

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Francisco Liriano allowed five earned runs over six innings Sunday as the Pirates fell to the Rangers.
Texas scored four in the fourth on a solo shot by Prince Fielder and a three-run blast by Mitch Moreland. Liriano gave up his fifth run of the afternoon on a Bryan Holaday sacrifice fly in the sixth. It's been a rollercoaster season so far for the 32-year-old left-hander, who stands 4-4 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 10 starts. He gets the Angels at home next. May 29 - 5:55 PM

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Francisco Liriano walked five batters but yielded just one run over 5 2/3 innings in Tuesday's 12-1 rout over the Diamondbacks.

Liriano was wild, which he is prone to being, but he also surrendered just two hits on the night to keep the D'Backs at bay. A few blowout outings have Liriano's ERA on the season at 4.30 and WHIP at 1.47, as he's struck out a batter per inning but also walked 30 across 52 1/3 frames. The southpaw will go up against the Rangers in Texas over the weekend.
May 24 - 11:46 PM

Francisco Liriano took a loss despite a quality start on Wednesday to the Braves, giving up two runs over seven strong innings.

It was a nice recovery from last week’s disastrous outing against the Cubs. He allowed seven hits, but only one extra-base hit -- the homer from Tyler Flowers in the sixth inning. Unfortunately, his offense didn’t give him any room for error, and the southpaw suffered his third loss of the campaign. He has a 4.63 ERA in 46 2/3 innings and remains a flawed, yet pretty valuable, starter in all fantasy formats.
May 18 - 9:50 PM

Francisco Liriano was lit up for eight runs on nine hits and four walks over just 4 2/3 frames in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

He did manage to record seven strikeouts, but this was not Liriano's day. The left-hander's pure stuff is among the best in the game, but he's prone to the occasional outing like this because his command just isn't always there. Liriano will attempt to get back on track next week versus the Braves.
May 13 - 5:44 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed two runs over seven innings and matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts in Friday’s win over the Cardinals.

Liriano also notched 10 strikeouts against the Cardinals on Opening Day. As for this outing, he held the Cardinals scoreless over the first six innings, but a wild pitch opened the door for two runs in the seventh. It was his longest start this season. He gave up five hits and walked a pair while throwing 70 out of 98 pitches for strikes. Liriano owns a 3.60 ERA and 39/19 K/BB ratio in 35 innings across six starts this season, but his control has been much better over his last two outings. He’ll face the Reds on the road next week.
May 7 - 12:41 AM

Francisco Liriano held the Reds to one run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six, in a 5-1 win Saturday.

Liriano scattered five hits without walking a batter in the start. It was a nice bounce-back outing after a couple of subpar starts his last two times out. The southpaw is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.46 WHIP through five starts. A date with the division-rival Cardinals in on tap for Friday.
Apr 30 - 10:52 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed four runs on five hits over his six frames in a no-decision against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The veteran southpaw punched out six on the afternoon while walking three. He was victimized by a pair of long balls, with Paul Goldschmidt launching a solo shot in the first inning and Welington Castillo blasting a three-run bomb in the third. Liriano has struggled in the early part of the 2016 season, registering a 4.64 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in his first 21 1/3 innings. He'll look to right the ship on Friday when he takes on the Reds at home.
Apr 24 - 9:41 PM

Francisco Liriano (hamstring) struggled in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Padres, walking five and surrendering four runs over 4 1/3 innings.

Liriano was skipped last time through the rotation due to a right hamstring injury, but if that hampered him on Tuesday, he didn't show it early. He tossed three scoreless innings against the Padres before the floodgates opened by degrees. In the fourth inning, Liriano would surrender a two-run homer to Wil Myers. One frame later, Derek Norris would crush a two-run jack of his own to end the southpaw's night. Unless word surfaces of further hamstring discomfort, feel free to disregard Tuesday's start as an aberration of mediocrity rather than a legitimate concern. Liriano will look to rebound when he toes the road rubber against the Diamondbacks in his next scheduled start.
Apr 20 - 2:19 AM

Francisco Liriano (hamstring) threw a bullpen session without any issues on Saturday and is expected to make his next scheduled start.

He had to be skipped the last time through the rotation in favor of Ryan Vogelsong due to some discomfort in his right hamstring, but Liriano appears to be ready to go now. Fantasy owners can deploy him with confidence against the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday.
Apr 16 - 3:41 PM

Francisco Liriano has been scratched from his start Wednesday against the Tigers with right hamstring discomfort.

The veteran left-hander is being listed as day-to-day for now. Ryan Vogelsong will start in his place at Comerica Park. Liriano was terrific in his 2016 debut last Sunday against the Cardinals, striking out 10 batters over six scoreless innings, but he gave up three runs in five innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Reds.
Apr 12 - 5:34 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed three runs over five innings as part of a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.

Liriano struggled with his control on Opening Day, but he managed to keep the Cardinals off the board. He wasn’t as fortunate this time around. The southpaw gave up four walks and five hits while throwing just 47 out of 90 pitches for strikes. Fantasy owners will deal with the walks if they get strikeouts (which Liriano did on Opening Day), but he whiffed just three batters in this one. Liriano has a 2.45 ERA through two his first two starts, but his WHIP stands at 1.55. He'll look for some improvement when he faces the Tigers at home next week.
Apr 8 - 10:48 PM

Francisco Liriano struck out 10 batters over six scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated the visiting Cardinals 4-1 on Opening Day in Pittsburgh.

Liriano issued five walks, but he used his nasty slider and some timely fastball command to keep the Cardinals off the board on a 35-degree weather day at PNC Park. He gave up three hits, but they were all singles to right-handed hitters. Liriano is actually the first pitcher in major league history to register this exact line: 3 H, 0 ER, 10 K, 5 BB. He should be in for another big season if his health cooperates. A road start against the Reds is next.
Apr 3 - 4:19 PM

Francisco Liriano gave up four runs in 3 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Braves.

Liriano gave up more runs today than he had in any spring training since 2012. He missed the start of 201 and allowed three runs in spring 2014, one run in 2015 and two runs so far this year. So, if the Braves do nothing else this year, at least they'll have this one.
Mar 21 - 5:27 PM

The Pirates have named Francisco Liriano their Opening Day starter.

It will be Liriano's third straight Opening Day nod. Gerrit Cole is the Pirates' best pitcher, but he's dealt with a rib cage issue this spring so it's not a surprise the club is going with Liriano. Cole should still be ready for the second game. Liriano boasts a 3.26 ERA and 543 strikeouts over 510 innings in his three seasons in Pittsburgh.
Mar 11 - 4:33 PM

Francisco Liriano struck out four of the six batters he faced in two perfect innings Friday against the Twins.

Liriano has stayed relatively healthy of late, and he seems like a better bet now to throw 180+ innings than he ever was previously. It doesn't mean he'll be quite as good as he was last year, but he's not someone to avoid in fantasy leagues.
Mar 4 - 5:13 PM

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C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Cole Figueroa
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Wilfredo Boscan
7Ryan Vogelsong
8A.J. Schugel
9Rob Scahill