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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 struck out 13 Brewers hitters while allowing three runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-3 win Thursday.
Well, that was unexpected. It's not that Liriano isn't capable of double-digit strikeout dominance, but his only other starts with 10 or more strikeouts both came against the Cardinals, and both were before May 7. Liriano now has 106 strikeouts in 105 1/3 innings of work, owning a 4.96 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. The southpaw will look to stay hot Wednesday against the Mariners. Jul 21 - 10:47 PM

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Francisco Liriano yielded three runs over six-plus innings in a loss to the Nationals on Friday.

Liriano limited the Nationals to one run over the first six innings, but he walked Danny Espinosa and gave up a single to Clint Robinson before being chased from the game. The Pirates played some shoddy defense from there, which allowed both runners to score and put the game out of reach. Liriano walked four and struck out five in the loss and owns a disappointing 5.11 ERA with 62 walks in 98 2/3 innings through 18 starts this season. He lines up for a start against the Brewers next week.
Jul 15 - 9:58 PM

Francisco Liriano gave up two runs -- one earned -- in his five innings of work but was forced to settle for a no-decision as the Pirates beat the Cubs 8-4 on Friday,

He fanned three, walked three and gave up three hits. As usual, he threw too many pitches to last deep into the game. Walks have killed Liriano this year. His 5.63 BB/9 is by far the highest in the majors among qualified starters. He will take a disappointing 5.15 ERA into the All Star break.
Jul 8 - 11:30 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed three earned runs over five innings Sunday in a win over the Athletics.

It was the veteran left-hander's first victory since May 24. Liriano gave up six hits -- including three doubles -- but he showed improved control with only one walk and the Pittsburgh offense backed him for six runs on 11 hits. Liriano will try to keep it working next time out against a dangerous Cubs team.
Jul 3 - 7:52 PM

Francisco Liriano surrendered five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings in Monday’s loss to the Dodgers.

Liriano gave up one run over the first four innings before the Dodgers got to him for four runs in the fifth. He struck out three and walked five in the loss, as his control problems continue. The southpaw leads the majors with 54 walks in 82 2/3 innings. He can’t be trusted in fantasy leagues right now.
Jun 27 - 4:31 PM

Francisco Liriano surrendered four runs on six hits and three walks in his five innings of work in a no-decision effort vs the Giants on Wednesday.

On the bright side he whiffed six hitters. After three solid seasons in Pittsburgh, Liriano has been a big disappointment to his fantasy owners this year. He is still striking out a lot of batters but his 5.63 BB/9 is a killer. He managed to escape without allowing a home run tonight but has allowed 14 homers in 14 starts this year. Liriano will take his ugly 5.17 ERA into his next start against the Dodgers on Monday in the first of his two starts next week.
Jun 22 - 11:49 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are interested in Francisco Liriano.

Morosi further reports that the Pirates are still viewing their season as salvageable, though, making any potential Liriano trade more difficult to consummate. They currently sit at 34-37. This season, Liriano has pitched to a tough 5.03 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 74/46 K/BB ratio over 73 1/3 innings.
Jun 22 - 5:09 PM

Francisco Liriano was touched up for four runs over 5 2/3 innings in Friday's loss to the Cubs.

Liriano struck out six, but he also walked five batters, gave up six hits, hit two batters and threw two wild pitches. In other words, it was another rocky start for the left-hander in a season that's been full of them. Liriano has now issued 46 free passes over 73 1/3 frames and will take a 5.03 ERA and 1.62 WHIP into next week's start against the Giants at home.
Jun 17 - 5:48 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed four unearned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Pittsburgh management was hoping some extended rest might help Liriano get back on track, but he walked three batters Saturday and gave up four hits, including a three-run bomb to Matt Holliday. The left-hander was victimized by poor defense -- especially from behind the plate -- but he himself wasn't sharp either. Liriano will carry a 4.79 ERA into his next start on the road against the relentless Cubs.
Jun 11 - 10:07 PM

Francisco Liriano's next start has been pushed back to Saturday against the Cardinals.

Liriano was previously lined up to start Wednesday against the Mets, but the Pirates will call up Jameson Taillon to pitch instead. The move will allow the struggling Liriano to get more work on the side. The southpaw owns a 7.42 ERA over his last five starts and a 5.25 ERA overall.
Jun 7 - 3:26 PM

Francisco Liriano struggled again Friday, giving up seven runs (six earned) over 3 1/3 innings against the Mariners.

Ouch. Liriano gave up 10 hits and walked four batters. He now owns a 7.42 ERA and 21/19 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings over his last five starts. His ERA now sits at 5.25 ERA overall. He’ll look for progress next week against a struggling Mets lineup.
Jun 3 - 11:01 PM

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

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

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