Francisco Liriano SP PIT 5 days ago

Liriano started poorly Sunday but recovered nicely -- he struck out the side in the fourth inning -- and was in line for the victory before Arizona sent the game into extra innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The lefty, who entered Sunday's tilt with 14 walks in 15.1 innings, walked three batters in six frames -- an improvement but still worse than his 3.38 BB/9 in 2015. He also threw 59 of 97 pitches for strikes, another season-best in four starts. Liriano has typically struggled in April -- he holds a career 5.83 ERA and 1.51 WHIP, but improved control Sunday and a history of pitching better in warmer weather (better feel for his changeup) give fantasy owners reasons for optimism.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 6 days ago

Liriano was touched up in Sunday's start at the Diamondbacks, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out six and did not factor into the decision.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The lefty did his best to limit baserunners in the face of a tough matchup, but he yielded a pair of home runs that accounted for all of the scoring against him on the day. Liriano has now failed to deliver a quality start in any of his last three attempts, thanks in part to his unsightly 6.45 ERA and 1.82 WHIP during that time. He performed well at PNC Park in his first start of the year but has not appeared at home since, and he will look to turn things around Friday as Pittsburgh hosts the Reds.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 1 week ago

Liriano, who has walked 14 batters in 15.1 innings, worked on his mechanics with pitching coach Ray Searage on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

When Liriano lets go of the ball when it's still beside his head, he sprays pitches in and often outside the strike zone. "It's a starburst," Searage said. When Liriano's release point is in front of his face, the ball goes where is should. "Then it's a ball of energy," Searage noted. Liriano is slated to start Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Liriano (hamstring) lasted just 4.1 innings while giving up four earned runs on six hits and five walks in San Diego on Tuesday to fall to 1-1.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Liriano hasn't been able to pitch deep into games due to control problems, as his 14 walks through three starts have limited the lefty to 15.1 innings pitched. While he only got 13 outs, the fact that Liriano was allowed to throw a season-high 100 pitches in this one indicates that he is likely over the hamstring injury that forced him to skip his last turn in the rotation. Assuming he's healthy, the veteran's next start should be Sunday in Arizona.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Liriano (hamstring) will take the mound for his scheduled start Tuesday against the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Liriano was scratched from his previous start due to a minor hamstring issue but recently stated that he felt good and would be ready to go. Manager Clint Hurdle has now confirmed as such, and the veteran southpaw will now prepare to face a Padres club that's struggled to scratch across runs other than a two-game explosion in which they scored 29 of their 44 on the season prior to Sunday's action. Liriano should be set up well for another strong outing Tuesday, and should be deployed normally in both season-long and daily lineups.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Liriano (hamstring) expects to start Tuesday in San Diego, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports."Now everything feels great," Liriano said. "I'll be ready to go on Tuesday. Try to go out there, go the deepest I can, execute pitches and go from there."

Competitive Edge Analysis

The lefty, who has missed one turn in the rotation, said his hamstring felt tight during a bullpen session in Cincinnati. In two starts before getting hurt, Liriano has compiled a 2.45 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 11 innings, though he's issued nine walks and thrown just 52.7 percent (97 of 184) of his pitches for strikes. After facing the Padres on Tuesday he'll likely pitch against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Liriano said Wednesday that he believes his hamstring issue is "minor," Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He revealed that the hamstring discomfort, which resulted in his scratch from his scheduled outing Wednesday, first surfaced during his between-starts bullpen session in Cincinnati. Ryan Vogelsong will toe the rubber against the Tigers in Liriano's absence. The Pirates are labeling Liriano as day-to-day, but a date for his next start remains up in the air.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 3 weeks ago

Liriano (hamstring) has been scratched from his next scheduled start Wednesday against Detroit, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Pirates' ace was slated to take the ball Wednesday in Detroit, but some lingering pain in his right hamstring will cause him to miss that scheduled outing. The team is officially referring to Liriano as day-to-day for now, but it's unclear when he'll take the hill again. Ryan Vogelsong is set to start in Liriano's place Wednesday.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 4 weeks ago

Liriano will make his next start Friday versus Cincinnati, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Liriano was originally expected to pitch Sunday, but he'll instead pitch on regular rest and probably face Alfredo Simon. With this development, Gerrit Cole's start will be bumped to Saturday and Jeff Locke will pitch Sunday.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 4 weeks ago

Liriano picked up the win in Sunday's Opening Day victory over the Cardinals, allowing three hits and five walks while striking out 10 over six shutout innings.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 10 Ks tied John Candelaria's franchise record for strikeouts on Opening Day. Liriano's control wasn't exactly sharp, as he threw only 50 of 94 pitches for strikes, but the Cards couldn't make any hard contact against him. His next start is scheduled for Sunday in Cincinnati.