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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Francisco Liriano struck out 11 while allowing one run and three hits in six innings Thursday in a victory over the Nationals.
That's five straight quality starts for Liriano. All of those have resulted in Pirates victories, though Liriano himself has only gotten credit for two of the wins. He's just 6-6 on the year, but it comes with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. Jul 23 - 10:39 PM

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Francisco Liriano (neck) is expected to make his next scheduled start Thursday versus the Nationals.

Liriano was a late scratch Saturday in Milwaukee after experiencing tightness in his neck, but he made it through a side session Monday without issue. The veteran left-hander boasts a 2.98 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 125/39 K/BB ratio in 114 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 21 - 6:00 PM

Francisco Liriano has been scratched from his scheduled start Saturday versus the Brewers with neck tightness.

The scratch was announced just minutes before the scheduled first pitch in Milwaukee. Vance Worley will start against the Brew Crew instead. It's a tough change of plans for the Bucs, who are trying to chase down the Cardinals in the National League Central. Liriano will presumably be feeling better by early next week.
Jul 18 - 7:08 PM

Francisco Liriano pitched well in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Sunday night, surrendering two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings of work.

The hard-throwing southpaw punched out six on the night while walking four. He departed with his team leading 3-2, but the Pirates bullpen was unable to protect his lead and deliver his sixth victory. Liriano heads into the All-Star break with an outstanding 2.98 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 125/39 K/BB ratio over 114 2/3 innings.
Jul 12 - 11:55 PM

Francisco Liriano held the Padres to two runs in six innings in a no-decision as the Pirates eked out a win on Tuesday.

Liriano scattered four hits and a walk while striking out six. The only two runs scored on Matt Kemp's double in the third inning. The lefty keeps his ERA below 3.00 at 2.99 with a 1.01 WHIP and a 119/35 K/BB ratio in 108 1/3 innings. Liriano will lead the Pirates into the All-Star break with a home start against the Cardinals.
Jul 7 - 11:51 PM

Francisco Liriano kept the Tigers off the scoreboard in Thursday's 8-4 win, scattering five hits over seven innings of shutout work.

The start might not have been perfect (Liriano walked three against five strikeouts), but the southpaw didn't allow a run and improved his record to 5-6 in the process. He's been remarkably consistent this season and holds a 2.99 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and a 113/31 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Up next on the docket for Liriano, a home date with the Padres.
Jul 2 - 4:46 PM

Francisco Liriano went seven strong innings in Friday's no-decision against the Braves, allowing just two runs on six hits.

Liriano struck out three on the evening while walking three. He walked a Ryan Lavarnway with the bases loaded in the second inning, then kept the Braves off the board aside from Juan Uribe's solo homer in the sixth inning. He's enjoying another terrific season, registering a 3.21 ERA and 108/31 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings. He'll take on the Tigers in Detroit his next time out on Thursday.
Jun 26 - 11:07 PM

Francisco Liriano was touched up for five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Nationals.

Max Scherzer thoroughly out-dueled Liriano, twirling the first no-hitter of his career. Liriano walked one and gave up seven hits, including a fourth-inning Bryce Harper home run. He'll carry a still-shiny 3.26 ERA and 0.98 WHIP into his next start at home against the Braves. The veteran left-hander has tallied 105 strikeouts in 88 1/3 innings this season.
Jun 20 - 6:39 PM

Francisco Liriano pitched masterfully in a win on Monday, striking out 12 White Sox over eight scoreless innings.

The lefty gave up only two hits, harmless singles to Alexei Ramirez and Melky Cabrera. He also only walked one batter. The 12 strikeouts match his season-high and marks the fourth time this season he's recorded double-digit punch-outs. Liriano now boasts a 2.94 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP and a 99/27 K/BB ratio over 83 2/3 innings. His next opponent, the Nationals, aren't looking forward to hosting him over the weekend.
Jun 15 - 10:15 PM

Francisco Liriano was mostly good for eight innings against the Brewers on Tuesday, but his three earned runs allowed saddled him with the loss.

Liriano was largely dominant, allowing just five hits and a walk while striking out six in the outing. Still, a solo homer and a couple well-timed base hits marred his start. Still, it was the fourth straight quality start for Liriano, who fell to 3-5 with a 3.25 ERA and 1.02 WHIP on the year. Liriano will look to get back in the win column Monday in an interleague tilt with the White Sox.
Jun 9 - 9:36 PM

Francisco Liriano fired seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday in the Pirates' 5-2 defeat of the Giants.

Liriano was masterful, limiting the Giants to four hits -- three singles and a double -- while striking out six. The veteran left-hander issued just one walk and now boasts a 3.24 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings this season. The Pirates swept the three-game series in San Francisco and have earned victories in 11 of their last 13 games. Here come the Buccos.
Jun 3 - 6:52 PM

Francisco Liriano tossed six shutout innings and struck out 11 Padres on Friday.

Liriano left with a two-run lead, but that was promptly blown in the seventh. He has just two wins on the year, even though he's allowed one or no runs five times in 10 starts. His fantasy value hasn't matched how well he's pitched.
May 30 - 2:05 AM

Francisco Liriano was near-unhittable in a 9-1 win over the Mets on Sunday, striking out 12 and allowing one run in six innings.

Perhaps the only downside of striking out 12 batters is that it pumps up the pitch count. Indeed, Liriano had thrown 112 pitches by the time he exited the game after six, but these are just minor quibbles. Liriano was locked in from the word "go" and the only run to touch the plate came on a Wilmer Flores RBI single in the fifth inning. Flores was the only Mets regular Liriano failed to strike out. The non-regular? Pitcher Jon Niese, who went 1-for-2 without a whiff. Strange times, strange times. Liriano now boasts a 3.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64/23 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings. Those numbers are skewed slightly high by a two-inning, seven-run debacle against the Twins in Liriano's last start. He's having a very good season. We'll see if he can strike out his opposing number when he takes to the road against the Padres in his next outing.
May 24 - 4:27 PM

Francisco Liriano was hammered by his former team, serving up seven runs in two innings of work in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

The Twins exploded for six runs in the second inning, polished off with a two-run Trevor Plouffe home run. Liriano had also been taken yard by Brian Dozier in the first. The lefty gave up five hits and a pair of walks while striking out two on the evening. Though Liriano has mostly been stellar this season, his ERA is up to 4.15 with a 1.11 WHIP and a 52/21 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings. He'll try to bounce back in a home start versus the struggling Marlins.
May 19 - 10:50 PM

Francisco Liriano took the loss on Wednesday against the Phillies, yielding three runs in seven innings.

The Pirates had just given Liriano a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth, but the lefty forked over three runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Phillies put their first three batters on base to start the rally. Liriano gave up seven hits overall while walking three and striking out six. Still a solid outing. He owns a 2.96 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, and a 50/19 K/BB ratio over 45 2/3 innings. Liriano opens up a homestand against the Twins on Tuesday in his next outing.
May 13 - 9:52 PM

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