Francisco Liriano
P FA
2 months ago

Liriano has registered three consecutive holds and attributes is recent improvement to becoming more comfortable as a reliever, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano said it took him some time to transition from being a starter with Toronto to a reliever for Houston. And it showed initially. He allowed 23 of the first 45 batters faced to reach base. Acquired at the trade deadline to be the team's lefty specialist, Liriano gave up eight runs over his first nine innings and was being used in low-leverage situations. Since then, the left-hander has retired 11 of the last 12 batters faced and is attacking hitters instead of pitching like a starter.

Francisco Liriano
P FA
4 months ago

Liriano (6-7) allowed one run on one hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning in Houston's 4-3 extra-inning loss to the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano was acquired to be a left-handed, high-leverage setup reliever, but has been tagged with losses in each of his first two appearances with the Astros. On Saturday, his slow delivery allowed a batter he walked on four pitches to reach second base without a throw from the catcher. Then, with two outs and facing Ryan Goins -- who was hitting .184 against lefties -- he left a slider up, resulting in an RBI-single. Liriano has given up three runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks over one inning since joining Houston.

Francisco Liriano
P FA
4 months ago

Liriano (6-6) pitched for the first time since becoming a member of the Astros and allowed two runs (one earned) on a hit and a walk in one-third of an inning in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

This loss falls squarely at the feet of the Astros' bullpen as Liriano and Chris Devenski, with the assistance of an infield error, conspired to waste Collin McHugh's quality start. Liriano, the Astros' lone trade-deadline acquisition, was brought in to serve as the team's primary left-hander out of the pen but failed Thursday when both left-handed batters he faced reached base. The bullpen is the one chink in the Astros' armor. Houston's relievers have a 4.44 ERA, ranking 22nd in MLB.

Francisco Liriano
P FA
4 months ago

Liriano, who the Astros acquired from the Blue Jays earlier Monday, will work out of the bullpen with his new team, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Given that he was sporting a 5.88 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 18 starts for the Blue Jays this season, Liriano wouldn't have been an upgrade over any of the Astros' other starting options, but he could be quite valuable as a long man or situational lefty in a bullpen that's been shaky of late. Liriano's average fastball velocity has been sitting around 92 to 93 miles per hour this season, and the move to the bullpen could allow him to add a few ticks and enhance his strikeout rate. That being said, with Liriano pitching less innings for Houston and most likely in lower-leverage scenarios, his fantasy value will probably end up taking a hit even if his actual performance improves.

Francisco Liriano
P FA
4 months ago

The Blue Jays have agreed to trade Liriano to the Astros, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

EDGE Analysis

The left-hander likely will serve as relief help for an Astros club suddenly packed with starter options. Liriano still had a little value in deep leagues thanks to his strikeouts, but his 4.7 BB/9 and 5.88 ERA weren't helping anyone. Perhaps he can benefit deep-leaguers more in small sample sizes where he can accumulate punchouts.

Francisco Liriano
P FA
4 months ago

The Astros have contacted the Blue Jays regarding Liriano, who could be used as a relief pitcher if he's traded, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw has been getting interest from other clubs as a reliever, as well, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports. Liriano's high-strikeout, high-walk approach has worked fleetingly well in his days as a starter, but if all things break right in a bullpen role, he could be the next failed starter to thrive. Of course, that may not be his desired career path, and the impending free agent may prefer to continue that role with another club. His immediate role for a contender, however, will leave much to be desired for his fantasy prospects.

Francisco Liriano
P FA
4 months ago

Liriano (6-5) took a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Angels. He allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk while fanning four batters in 6.0 innings.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano pitched well enough to win Saturday, but an uncharacteristic blown save from Roberto Osuna took him out of the running. Still, this was arguably Liriano's best start of the month and certainly his best start since the All-Star break. Liriano has turned in two solid outings since his meltdown against Boston on July 20, allowing five earned runs over 11.0 total innings while racking up nine strikeouts against just three walks. He's in line to take the mound Friday against the Astros for his next outing.

Francisco Liriano
P FA
4 months ago

Liriano (6-5) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks across five innings in Monday's win over the Athletics. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano allowed a run in the first inning as the first three men reached base, but he settled down and didn't allow a baserunner until a solo home run from Matt Chapman in the fifth. Though in a favorable matchup, this was a nice bounce-back performance from the lefty, who had allowed seven runs over 3.2 innings in his previous two starts. The season has been a grind for Liriano, who is still searching for any sort of consistency, but he will look to build on this effort Saturday against the Angels.

Francisco Liriano
P FA
4 months ago

Liriano will make his next start Monday against the Athletics, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran left-hander was originally tabbed for Tuesday's start, but with Aaron Sanchez (finger) landing on the disabled list yet again, Liriano will jump a day to fill the void. Liriano is now set to face off with right-hander Jharel Cotton in the series opener.

Francisco Liriano
P FA
4 months ago

Liriano was pulled from Thursday's no-decision after allowing three runs on six hits and a walk in just 1.2 innings against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano's early exit was caused by ineffectiveness, and apparently nothing to do with his recent stiff neck ailment. Luckily for him, the Jays mounted a come-from-behind win in what was Lirano's fourth start of two innings or less this year. With a 6.15 ERA through 16 games, it wouldn't be surprising to see the veteran's rotation spot come into question. For now, though, the left-hander is slated to make his next start Tuesday against Oakland.