Overlooking Franchise

AlexAnalyst IAugust 31, 2008

With the inconsistency and the shakiness of the bullpen in August, it seems as if Francisco Liriano’s performance has been overlooked. Coming out of spring training the team tried to rush Liriano back. It looked like he was ready health wise, so it was a good move. Three starts later and an 11.32 ERA, and it was clear that pitching wise that wasn’t the case.

Liriano was sent back to Rochester, New York, where he excelled after a few shaky starts early on. After not losing a decision in more than ten consecutive starts, and regaining control, Liriano was promoted to make another major league start on August 3rd.

In that start, Liriano lasted six innings, allowed three hits and made it clear to the entire baseball world that Franchise was back.

With the month of August over for Liriano, he wrapped up his solid month with a seven inning, five-hit outing. Overall, Liriano went 4-0 in six starts in his first true month back from Tommy John surgery.

Liriano should win the American League Pitcher of the Month award this coming week. In the month of August, along with his 4-0 record, Liriano held hitters to a .191 batting average, struck out 29 hitters in nearly 37 innings, allowed just five earned runs and posted a solid 1.23 ERA.