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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 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

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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

Francisco Liriano pitched his worst start of the season on Friday, allowing six runs (five earned) over 6 1/3 innings against the Cardinals.

Liriano did strike out 10, but he served up two home runs and was saddled with his first loss of the year. A three-run homer by Matt Holliday in the third inning put the Cardinals up 4-1, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. This was the first time all season that Liriano had allowed more than three runs. With a 2.79 ERA and 0.93 WHIP, plus a 44/16 K/BB ratio over 38 2/3 innings, this start is nothing more than a blip on the radar. He'll face the hapless Phillies in his next outing.
May 9 - 2:11 AM

Francisco Liriano delivered a strong performance in Sunday's victory over the Diamondbacks, whiffing six over 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

In typical Liriano fashion, the hard-throwing southpaw allowed just two hits but issued six walks, giving the Diamondbacks ample scoring chances. He was able to make big pitches in key situations though and came through the outing unscathed. He now sports a 2.22 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 30/12 K/BB ratio across 24 1/3 frames on the season. He'll look to replicate this effort when he does battle against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday.
Apr 26 - 7:36 PM

Francisco Liriano allowed three runs in five innings, getting a no-decision as the Pirates lost late to the Cubs on Tuesday.

Liriano allowed only three hits and two walks while striking out nine on the evening. He wasn't helped in the third inning as Corey Hart made an error at first base, leading to two runs in the third inning. Still winless, Liriano will bring his 3.00 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 23/6 K/BB ratio in 18 innings into a road start against the Diamondbacks next.
Apr 21 - 10:47 PM

Francisco Liriano took the loss on Wednesday despite limiting the Tigers to one run over six innings.

Liriano pitched quite well, but opposing starter Alfredo Simon was on point the entire night and wasn't to be outdone. Liriano's only mistake came in the sixth inning, resulting in a Rajai Davis solo home run. Overall, he gave up just four hits and a walk while striking out seven. The lefty has pitched well in his first two starts but the Pirates haven't hit much. Liriano will go in search of his first win against the Cubs at home in his next outing.
Apr 15 - 10:14 PM

Pirates activated LHP Francisco Liriano from the paternity leave list.

Liriano had been scheduled to start on Sunday, but he was skipped in the rotation following the birth of his daughter. Liriano will start on Wednesday against the Tigers.
Apr 13 - 9:22 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Corey Hart
3Sean Rodriguez
2B1Neil Walker
2Steve Lombardozzi
SS1Jung Ho Kang
2Jordy Mercer
3Justin Sellers
3B1Josh Harrison
LF1Starling Marte
CF1Andrew McCutchen
2Gorkys Hernandez
RF1Gregory Polanco
2Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3A.J. Burnett
4Charlie Morton
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Antonio Bastardo
4Jared Hughes
5Arquimedes Caminero
6Rob Scahill
7Deolis Guerra
8Brandon Cumpton