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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / SF
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Francisco Liriano allowed an unearned run over six innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.
It was a big improvement from his last outing. Liriano fanned seven and walked a pair and the only damage came on an RBI single from Mike Napoli in his final inning of work. The southpaw managed to avoid further damage in the frame to leave in position for the victory. Liriano has had two good starts and one bad one since coming over to the Blue Jays at the trade deadline, but we need to see more consistency before recommending him in most mixed fantasy leagues. Aug 19 - 9:55 PM

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Francisco Liriano surrendered five runs in 5 2/3 innings in Friday’s loss to the Astros.

Liriano was respectable in his Blue Jays debut last week, but he got hit around pretty good in this one. He gave up eight hits in all, including a homer to rookie Teoscar Hernandez in his final inning of work. One positive is that he has walked just two batters in each of his first two starts with Toronto. He lines up for a start against the Indians next week, but there’s not much fantasy appeal here right now.
Aug 12 - 10:08 PM

Francisco Liriano turned in a quality start by yielding three runs -- two earned -- in six innings but settled for a no-decision as the Blue Jays beat the Royals 4-3 on Friday.

It was his first start since joining Toronto at the trade deadline. The Blue Jays are happy with the early returns. He struck out five batters and issued two bases-on-balls while allowing seven hits. The major league leader with 71 walks was able to keep the free passes in check tonight and it paid off. His record holds at 6-11 with a 5.34 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 119 2/3 innings.
Aug 5 - 11:45 PM

Francisco Liriano's first start with the Blue Jays will come against the Royals on Friday.

The Pirates traded Liriano and two prospects to the Jays in exchange for Drew Hutchison on Monday. He struggled to a 5.46 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 21 starts prior to being shipped up north. Aaron Sanchez will start on Saturday, but could shift to the bullpen following that outing as the Jays look to keep his innings in check.
Aug 3 - 4:45 PM

Blue Jays acquired LHP Francisco Liriano, OF Harold Ramirez, and C Reese McGuire from the Pirates for RHP Drew Hutchison.

The deal is now official. Toronto is picking up all of Liriano's remaining salary (which includes $13 million for 2017), so they got the Pirates to throw in two promising prospects. The veteran southpaw has an ugly 5.46 ERA and leads the majors with 69 walks in 113 2/3 innings, but the acquisition likely signals the end of Aaron Sanchez's time in the Blue Jays' rotation.
Aug 1 - 6:28 PM

The Blue Jays have acquired left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Pirates, per Robert Murray of FanRag Sports.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that two prospects are also headed to Toronto while Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hears that outfielder Harold Ramirez is one of them. Gideon Turk of BP Toronto reports that Drew Hutchison is expected to be dealt to Pittsburgh. Liriano has struggled to the tune of a 5.46 ERA in 21 starts this season while walking 69 batters in 113 2/3 innings, but the Blue Jays will hope that a change of scenery can help him. It also likely signals that Aaron Sanchez will move to the bullpen. Liriano is under contract at $13 million for next season.
Aug 1 - 4:56 PM

Francisco Liriano gave up four earned runs in five innings Sunday as the Pirates fell to the Brewers.

Milwaukee got to the veteran lefty for single runs in the first, second, third, and fifth innings to finish off a rather shocking three-game sweep. At no point in the series did the Pirates even hold a lead. Liriano stands 6-11 on the season with a brutal 5.46 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. He walked three more batters on Sunday and now has a league-leading 69 walks for the year.
Jul 31 - 5:22 PM

Francisco Liriano was lit up for seven runs in 3 1/3 innings by the Mariners on Tuesday.

Liriano did hit a long home run off Felix Hernandez, not that it mattered much in the end. He had pitched better in his first four starts of July, especially last time out when he fanned 13 against the Brewers, but this is a definite setback. Fortunately, he gets the Braves next time out, which should help him get back on track.
Jul 26 - 10:58 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Marcus Stroman
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Ryan Tepera
8Aaron Loup
9Gavin Floyd