Thursday is podcast recording day. Today it was also "Go see Luis Heredia at Pirate City" day (article coming tomorrow), and "Ten Articles Will Go Up on the Site Today" day, and "Your friends want to go to trivia at 9 PM and the Pirates are already destroying the Brewers so you can watch on your phone on the way" day. So we're doing the Thursday night "thoughts" article again.

**Two good starts from Francisco Liriano so far. What I liked about tonight's start was that he wasn't at his best early in the game, and still ended up with a dominating stat line. So far he's pitching more like the 2010 version, and less like the 2011-12 version. If the Pirates get anything close to the 2010 version, and pair that with A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez, then they could contend this year.

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