There were many performances worthy of today’s intro, but I’m rolling with old favorite Francisco Liriano. It appears as though the Liriano comeback we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived.
He was sitting them down with his wicked curve and high cheese yesterday, striking out 10 in eight shutout innings to improve to 3-0. He allowed just five baserunners (only one walk) improving both his ERA and his WHIP to outstanding 0.93 and 0.97 levels respectively.
There were so many other worthy performances we couldn’t contain them in just 10:
Austin Kearns — Typically, a five-RBI game will get you on the top 10 as one of those rare feats. Kearns was one of two people to pull it off on Tuesday. Three others drove in four. Kearns went 3-for-5, scored twice and hit a homer. Despite driving in five he left three on. Kearns is hitting .395.
Carlos Gonzalez — Like Kearns, Gonzalez knocked in five runs in a 3-for-5 day. He scored a run as well.
Jon Garland — A masterful start to 2010 (2.57 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) for Garland continued Tuesday. He struck out 10 and allowed six baserunners (3 BB, 3 H) in six innings of work.
Ryan Doumit — Among Doumit’s three hits (in five at-bats), his grand slam stands out as pretty important. He’s hitting .286.
Ubaldo Jimenez — As if Ubaldo isn’t an interesting enough way to remember the Rockies pitcher, he deserves a new nickname here early in 2010: Untouchable. Jimenez improved to 5-0 on Tuesday, by pitching six more scoreless innings. He now has not been scored upon in 22 1/3 innings. He struck out six and allowed four baserunners lowering his ERA (0.79) and his WHIP (1.05).
Zack Greinke — Somebody get this guy some run support. Greinke, owner of a 2.56 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP, has not won a game yet. He pitched seven scoreless innings on Tuesday, didn’t walk anybody and scattered six hits. He also struck out five before watching the bullpen blow another one.
Cliff Pennington — Batting leadoff for the A’s Tuesday despite batting only .265, Pennington belted a three-run homer and went 4-for-5. He drove in another run.
David Wright — In the late game of a double-header, Wright went 3-for-3 with four RBI and scored a run. He’s only hitting .261.
Johan Santana — In the early game, the Mets didn’t need Wright to go nuts because of Santana. The ace threw six scoreless inning, scattering four hits and three walks while striking out six to improve to 3-1.
Livan Hernandez — Continuing his masterful assault on opposing batters, Hernandez allowed just one earned run in 7 innings to improve to 3-1. He scattered six hits and walked one. He also struck out one and is the proud owner of twin 0.87s in ERA and WHIP.
Since we’re already over our limit, here are a few other not-quite-top-10s that are important:
Justin Verlander — If you’re going to take jzak’s advice and buy low, you better do it quick. The ace struck out seven in 5.2 innings of a loss on Tuesday. He allowed seven baserunners but no earned runs improving his ERA (5.53) and his WHIP (1.45).
Eric Young — We were pushing Young hard in the preseason because of his 40-steal potential. We also talked up his hitting skills in our 2010 second basemen targets. He went 2-for-4 Tuesday, scored twice, drove in two runs and walked once. He’s hitting .667 since being called up.