Fastball Command is Key for Francisco Liriano
Aug31

Fastball Command is Key for Francisco Liriano

Over his career, Francisco Liriano has proven to be an exceptionally volatile pitcher. One start, he’s dominating, generating numerous swings and misses. The next, he can’t find the strike zone. In his last start against Cardinals, Liriano put together an outing which was typical of him last season, when he struck out 163 in 161 innings and posted a 3.02 ERA. In six innings he allowed zero runs, four hits, and struck out eight. The...

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First Pitch: Pirates Will Have Some Interesting Financial Decisions This Off-Season
Aug17

First Pitch: Pirates Will Have Some Interesting Financial Decisions This Off-Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates will have an interesting playoff race over the next month and a half. They’re currently 4.5 games back in the NL Central, and half a game back from the second Wild Card spot. So far this season, they’ve had some interesting situations develop that are impacting the playoff race, and will impact the future plans. Those include the emergence of Josh Harrison, the sudden surge from Travis Snider, Pedro...

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First Pitch: Once Again, Starting Pitching is Keeping the Pirates as Contenders
Aug11

First Pitch: Once Again, Starting Pitching is Keeping the Pirates as Contenders

If you look at the season numbers, the Pittsburgh Pirates don’t have the best results from their starting rotation. They rank middle of the pack in ERA and xFIP, and rank last in the majors in WAR. However, the season numbers don’t really tell the story of the current rotation. The season numbers include Wandy Rodriguez. They include struggles from Francisco Liriano before the All-Star break. They don’t include full...

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First Pitch: More of This From Liriano and Fixing the Competitive Balance Lottery
Jul24

First Pitch: More of This From Liriano and Fixing the Competitive Balance Lottery

The Pirates need the 2013 version of Francisco Liriano in the second half. Last time out he struggled in the first, but recovered and threw five innings with no earned runs, striking out eight in the process. Tonight against the Dodgers the results were much like the 2013 Liriano, with one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings, along with four strikeouts. Liriano got off to a horrible start this year, and missed about a...

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Francisco Liriano Activated, Matt Hague Optioned Back to Indianapolis
Jul13

Francisco Liriano Activated, Matt Hague Optioned Back to Indianapolis

Starter Francisco Liriano has been activated from the disabled list to start today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, the Pittsburgh Pirates have optioned Matt Hague back to Indianapolis. Liriano started on rehab with Indianapolis on Monday and pitched brilliantly. He threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits, no walks and he struck out eight batters. Ryan Palencer covered the...

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