Francisco Liriano probably wondered what else he could do?
Since being demoted on April 24 after a disastrous start at Oakland where he went 2/3 of an inning and gave up five hits and three walks, the 24-year-old southpaw has been on fire. In ten starts at AAA Rochester, he was a perfect 9-0 with a 2.51 ERA. Add to that some amazing strikeout to walk ratio of 73 to 8 in 64 2/3 innings. Now, that’s some dealing.
While Liriano was lights out at Rochester, veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez was getting lit up. After a 6-1 start, Hernandez has a 6.59 ERA and has allowed an opponents batting average of .364 in his last 14 starts. Hernandez, however, has benefited from some strong support from the Twins as he is 10-8 on the year despite allowing 199 hits in 137 2/3 IP.
On Friday, Liriano was recalled from Rochester and Hernandez, with his $5 million contract, was released.
“It’s suprising,” said Hernandez siting his ten wins on the season. “It’s something I never expected.”
Now, that’s a pitcher not suffering from a lack of confidence.
Fantasy Baseball Dugout Tip: If you are in need of pitching, Liriano sure seems hot right now, although his overpowering stuff may not translate to the major league level in the same fashion as it did in the International League. His fastball is only hitting 91 MPH and there’s also concern due to his already having had Tommy John surgery. Then, there’s the issue of a recent DUI and that he’s been seen as a bit of a troublemaker in the locker room. But, hey fantasy baseball teams don’t have locker room issues and it’s all about the stats. If your league uses strikeouts, he’s certainly worth a shot and his WHIP is outstanding. Francisco Liriano is a good addition to your club, but only as a # 4 or # 5 starter. He won’t put up Rochester type numbers in Minneapolis.