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First Pitch: Getting the 2010 Francisco Liriano

First Pitch: Getting the 2010 Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano is looking like the 2010 version, or better. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

I use the "small sample size" disclaimer a lot on this site, so it's important to note that everything Francisco Liriano has done so far this season comes with that same disclaimer. Having said that, what Francisco Liriano has done so far is cause for some excitement. In five starts, Liriano has a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings, with a 12.1 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9 ratio. Unlike other starters who are putting up strong numbers in the rotation, Liriano isn't projected to regress. He's actually projected to improve, with a 1.30 FIP. That's mostly due to an unlucky .342 BABIP.

There are plenty of things to like about Liriano so far. Consider...

**The low walk rate. The big concern coming into the season was ...

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