Francisco Liriano SP PIT 21 hours ago

Liriano (4-4) tossed six innings during Sunday's loss to the Rangers, in which he allowed five runs on six hits and four walks while fanning six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Liriano's problems with walks continued in this outing, and now he's issued 15 free passes in his last four starts. One positive, however, is that he struck out more than five batters for the first time in his last three outings. His ERA rose to 4.63, and he will look to bounce back in his next start against the Angels on Friday.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 6 days ago

Liriano (4-3) beat the Diamondbacks with 5.2 innings of one-run ball, allowing just two hits and walking five while striking out two.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Control problems shortened Liriano's outing, but he still had no problem racking up his fourth win as the Pirates offense delivered twelve runs of support. He's lucky it didn't cost him this time, but the southpaw has been begging for trouble with 11 free passes in his last three starts. Liriano will have to iron things out quickly if he wants to beat the Rangers in Arlington on Sunday.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Liriano (3-3) pitched seven quality innings Wednesday, but took the loss, allowing two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four against the Braves.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The left-hander returned to form after a rough outing in Chicago last week, but lost his second consecutive game. Liriano's outing is encouraging considering his ERA has been on the rise since throwing six shutout inning on Opening Day. He'll look to build off this one when he toes the rubber next against the Diamondbacks at home on Tuesday.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 2 weeks ago

Liriano was torched for eight runs on nine hits, walking four and striking out seven, but lasted just 4.2 innings in a 9-4 loss to the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The wildly - literally - inconsistent Liriano (3-2) needed 98 pitches (just 54 for strikes), putting 13 runners on base and serving up three long balls. He can be dominating when he is throwing strikes, especially with his slider, but when he can't hit his target with regularity, the wheels can come off quickly. He'll carry an ugly 4.99 ERA into his next start at home against the anemic Braves lineup in hopes of getting back on track, but the results, even against a weaker opponent, might be nearly impossible to predict.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 3 weeks ago

Liriano struck out 10 St. Louis batters Friday, hurling seven innings of two-run ball. He gave up five hits and two walks in his finest performance of the young season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The southpaw threw 70 of 98 pitches for strikes and helped to end Pittsburgh's four-game losing streak. After a shaky April, Liriano has lowered both his ERA (3.60) and WHIP (1.37) in 35 innings. He's totaled 13.2 innings over his last two starts, winning both decisions.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 1 month ago

Liriano (2-1) surrendered five hits and an earned run over 6.2 innings in Saturday's 5-1 victory over the Reds. He struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Pirates ace turned in his best performance since Opening Day, surrendering less than three earned runs for the first time since that outing. He reached a new high-water mark in pitch count (109) but was relatively sharp, getting 72 of those offerings across the strike zone. The most encouraging aspects of his effort may well have been the fact that he surrendered neither a homer or free pass, after having yielded a pair of gopher balls in each of his last two starts and multiple walks in all four previous appearances this season.

Francisco Liriano SP PIT 1 month 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 1 month 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 month 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 1 month 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.