Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
15 hours ago

Liriano dished 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out 10 Orioles in Wednesday's no-decision.

EDGE Analysis

In his final start of the regular season, the 32-year-old notched his highest strikeout total since being traded to the Blue Jays in early August. Following Liriano's move north of the border, the veteran managed a 3.35 ERA and 1.19 WHIP over 43 innings, versus a 5.46 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 113.2 innings with the Pirates. Liriano finished strong, notching quality starts in his last four outings of 2016, but was victimized by little run support and blown saves. If the Jays can crack the playoffs, it appears Liriano is primed for an October run.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
6 days ago

Liriano (2-2) fired six scoreless innings of three-hit ball against the Yankees in Friday's 9-0 victory, issuing two walks and striking out six.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran southpaw turned in a vintage performance, firing 64 of his 100 pitches for strikes and notching 14 swinging strikes overall. Liriano has posted three straight quality starts, giving up only four earned runs and recording 16 strikeouts in the 18.1 innings over that span. He'll look to finish out the season in strong form when he faces the Orioles next Wednesday.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
2 weeks ago

Liriano allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks across six innings Saturday versus the Angels. He struck out four as he suffered his 13th loss of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano's cause wasn't aided by his defense on Saturday, as the Jays committed three errors, including one that led to a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth before he exited the game. Liriano has pitched better since Toronto began deploying a six-man rotation, but he seems liklier to move to the bullpen for the remainder of the season than he is to continue starting.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
2 weeks ago

Liriano may be moved to the bullpen for the final three weeks of the regular season, MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Toronto went with a six-man rotation for most of August, but the club has since placed Liriano and R.A. Dickey in the bullpen for brief stints. With less than three weeks remaining, one of these two hurlers will have to bite the bullet as the team aligns their starting rotation for the final push. Liriano seems like a more suitable option for bullpen duties than the veteran knuckleballer Dickey, but nothing is set in stone just yet. Dickey tossed five scoreless innings in Friday's victory over the Angels, and Liriano is on the bump Saturday. Owners can expect the team to make a formal decision following the weekend series.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
2 weeks ago

Liriano pitched 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out six in a no-decision Monday against the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

For the most part, Liriano was outstanding in his first start since Aug. 26, throwing 71 percent of his pitches for strikes while inducing an impressive 13 swinging strikes. The southpaw had allowed just one hit while striking out six over the first six innings Monday, but things quickly came undone when Liriano opened the seventh frame by allowing back-to-back homers to even the score at 2-2. In five starts since being acquired from the Pirates, the 32-year-old is 1-1 with a 3.72 ERA. Most of the damage done to Liriano as a Jays' starter has been a result of surrendering five homers over 29 innings (1.6 HR/9). He's schedule to make his next start Saturday versus the Angels.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
3 weeks ago

Liriano will start Monday against the Red Sox, Blue Jays broadcaster Jamie Campbell reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was reported Friday that Liriano could get the ball Monday, and it turns out he will do just that, as he takes the spot of R.A. Dickey in the Blue Jays' rotation.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
3 weeks ago

Liriano could return to the Blue Jays' rotation on Monday at home against the Rays, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

EDGE Analysis

He dealt with a sore back earlier this week, but he is apparently healthy enough that the Blue Jays are considering him for Monday's start. It is unclear if Liriano would simply be receiving a spot start to give the rest of the rotation an extra day of rest, or if the Jays would move forward with a six-man rotation. He has a 4.38 ERA and 26:10 K:BB in 24.2 innings since being traded to Toronto at the deadline.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
3 weeks ago

Liriano said his back soreness is very minor, Shi Davidi of SportsNet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano said that his stiff back is simply a result of him adapting to his new role. Liriano struggled as a starter all season, so Toronto recently opted to use him as a reliever instead. This change marks the first time since 2012 that Liriano has been used out of the bullpen.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
3 weeks ago

Liriano is dealing with back soreness, Barry Davis of SportsNet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano's availability is uncertain at this point in time, but the club is confident that his back isn't significantly hurt. His season-long struggles have yet to end, as he's allowed 13 runs over his last 16.2 innings (four games), bringing his ERA up to 5.35 for the year.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
4 weeks ago

Liriano will be available out of the bullpen this weekend, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

EDGE Analysis

A team off day Thursday would have further extended the time between starts for the Blue Jays' top starters, so manager John Gibbons decided to skip Liriano this time through the rotation. Liriano is expected to start again before the regular season comes to a close, but it remains to be seen when that will be.