• Frankie's Final Start?

    Francisco Liriano could be in a different uniform by week's end.On Monday night, Francisco Liriano is scheduled to make his 130th start in a Twins uniform. It might also be his last.

    With 25 strikeouts over his last two starts and a 2.84 ERA since the start of May, Liriano is the hottest pitcher in baseball. He also might be the most appealing rental available on the trade market, with Zack Greinke's market cooling and Cole Hamels perhaps closing in on an extension with the Phillies.

    Just over a week remains until the deadline, increasing the urgency for pitching-hungry contenders who could begin making hard pushes for the Minnesota left-hander, especially if he turns in another strong outing against the White Sox.

    This is certainly not the kind of leverage Terry Ryan expected to have when Liriano sat with an 11.02 ERA after one month's play. As frustrating as his April was, Twins fans should be very thankful that he was able to pull things together and rattle off three excellent months, boosting his trade value with each passing start. At this point, with the bidding war that ought to take place, I'll be disappointed if the Twins don't come away with at least one impact prospect in a deal.

    Pay close attention to Liriano when he takes the hill against Gavin Floyd. It might be your last chance, because you can bet a dozen other teams will be doing the same.
    This article was originally published in blog: Frankie's Final Start? started by Nick Nelson
    Comments 66 Comments
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Don't try to sugarcoat that start, it was awful.

      Still like Nick said, this isnt going to hurt his value THAT much, though it certainly doesn't help.
      I'm not sugarcoating it, you're right it was awful,I just felt it wasn't reason to think he's going to revert back to pre bullpen Frankie.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      And in fairness, the three guys he gave up homers to (Konerko, Dunn, Rios) have all been pretty good power hitters this year. It's not like he was giving up bombs to Alexei Ramirez. Sometimes good hitting beats good pitching.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      And in fairness, the three guys he gave up homers to (Konerko, Dunn, Rios) have all been pretty good power hitters this year. It's not like he was giving up bombs to Alexei Ramirez. Sometimes good hitting beats good pitching.
      Especially when those hitters are taking their swings in US Cellular.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Are we sure it wasn't what he ate, the weather, or the alignment of the moon as well? And to think, I was going to quip the other day about how long until the soft excuses start rolling up.....

      He didn't pitch well. It's ok, it isn't the end-all, be-all of what Frankie is, bad starts happen to everyone. Soft excuses for a bad start just sound so damn desperate and silly.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      I would say what's silly is acting like one bad start outweighs the 10 good ones before it. Every pitcher has days where they get hit.
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      I would say what's silly is acting like one bad start outweighs the 10 good ones before it. Every pitcher has days where they get hit.
      No disagreement - there is some hyperventilating happening in this thread that isn't necessary. I still think Frankie's a headcase I want gone, but this one start neither proves nor disproves anything. It's one start.

      But let's not make excuses. Having a bad start against a good team and good hitters isn't something to tip your hat too - if anything that would make other teams contending even more wary of him. It's a silly excuse for what was just a bad start, plain and simple.
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