Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
7 days ago

Liriano pitched 4.2 innings Monday against the Twins, allowing two runs on four hits and one walk while racking up a whopping 10 strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano now has a 1.86 ERA with an 18:2 K:BB over 9.2 spring innings, striking out 18 while walking only two. After the contest, Jays manager John Gibbons praised his veteran lefty , "I can't say enough good things about him. He looks really good this spring. I think he's going to have a big, big year. I really do. He's capable of that." As Opening Day approaches, Liriano says his repertoire of pitches all feel great coming out of his hand and his main focus now will shift to locating his fastball. The 33-year-old has proven from the start of spring training that he can be a very valuable -- and yet affordable -- fantasy asset this year.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
3 weeks ago

Liriano pitched three near-perfect innings, holding the Phillies hitless and walking one while striking out five in Thursday's exhibition game.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran lefty now has eight strikeouts over his first five innings of Grapefruit League action. Liriano's early-spring dominance is a strong indicator of what he's capable of accomplishing even at the age of 33. The mechanical adjustments he's made since joining Toronto late last season have produced noticeable improvements. Liriano may have been a nice sleeper pick when camp opened, but his value is quickly trending up as Opening Day inches closer.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
3 weeks ago

Liriano pitched two scoreless innings while allowing two hits and fanning three Yankees in Friday's exhibition game.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano opened his spring with a strong performance as he effortlessly cruised through two frames. The veteran left-hander has made mechanical adjustments since joining the Jays last season and the club has high expectations for 33-year-old as he embarks on his 12th MLB season. Liriano's overall numbers in 2016 are unappealing, but he improved once moving north of the border and should be available for a good value in upcoming drafts.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
1 month ago

Liriano, under the guidance of Jays' pitching coach Pete Walker, has worked on adjusting his release point to match what he'd done during his most successful years in Pittsburgh, SB Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

Much of Liriano's late-season success last year in Toronto (after being acquired from Pittsburgh) was attributed to him reuniting with his former catcher Russell Martin, but there may be a better explanation. After two strong seasons, the southpaw struggled early in 2015 before being traded north of the border. Liriano and Walker identified a mechanical flaw that had the veteran opening his front shoulder too much and leaving his throwing arm hanging out to dry. A correction was made to have Liriano keep his front-side closed, and the 33-year-old ran off a stretch of four-straight quality starts to end 2016. Liriano's overall 4.69 ERA and 8-13 record from a year ago may lead many owners to undervalue him in upcoming drafts. However, there are indicators that would suggest Liriano may be back to the dominant form he displayed in his first two seasons with Pittsburgh (2014-2015).

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
5 months ago

Liriano (concussion) has been cleared and is available out of the bullpen Saturday, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was anticipated, and it gives the Blue Jays a quality left-handed arm with the potential to log multiple innings out of the bullpen going forward in the ALCS.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
5 months ago

Liriano (head) is listed on the Blue Jays' ALCS roster, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano has progressed well through his rehab from a concussion sustained during the ALDS, so he'll rejoin Toronto's playoff roster as expected. The left-hander is on track to return to the Blue Jays bullpen by Game 2.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
5 months ago

Liriano's (head) bullpen session Thursday went off with no issues and he is on track to return for Game 2 of the ALCS, John Lott of Vice Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano's expected return to the rotation for Game 2 is a major boon for the Blue Jays' staff. He'll face an Indians club that had a league-average OPS against southpaws on the season at .748. Provided that Liriano returns for Game 2, J.A. Happ would likely be pushed back to Game 3.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
5 months ago

Liriano (concussion) will throw a bullpen session Thursday, Shi Davidi of SportsNet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano's availability for the ALCS is contingent upon his upcoming workout. However, the team is optimistic that Liriano will be able to return to action heading into their upcoming series against the Indians.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
6 months ago

Liriano (concussion) expects to be activated from the disabled list Saturday when first eligible, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano was removed from the Blue Jays' ALDS roster and placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list after being struck by a line drive last Friday, and it appears that will be the extent of his absence. Liriano will not be available for Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday, but barring any setbacks, he should be able to pitch if needed during the remainder of the series.

Francisco Liriano
SP TOR
6 months ago

Liriano has been removed from the Blue Jays' postseason roster due to a concussion and replaced by right-handed pitcher Danny Barnes, Stefan Stevenson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Liriano took a batted ball off his head in Friday's game against the Rangers and was immediately removed for concussion testing. He will be eligible to return for the league championship series, provided that he has been out of action for at least seven days.