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I’ve wanted Francisco Liriano to come back and be the pre-injury superhuman fireballer that the Twins figured could replace Johan Santana. I think every fantasy player has wanted that.
We’ve answered with our picks, and our keeper selections. I even picked him as a Cy Young favorite, but he hasn’t come close to living up to those expectations yet, and again.
I actually tried trading for him last week, sent out several offers across several leagues, looking to take advantage of owners who might not have checked how slow he typically starts out of the gate. But when you compare his statistics pre-2007 and post, you could argue that I made out better on the deal because current pace could be his new season and career pace.
His current WHIP is on par with last year’s unimpressive 1.39 and his K rate is the same. That being solid, but less than one per inning. Not the kinds of numbers draftees expected. his current batting average against is .264, close to his .254 from last year. (Stats from Liriano’s Yahoo player profile page.)
The one disturbing part about the comparison: He’s on pace to give up significantly more runs, earned runs and homers.
He had a good outing last week, and like the owners who managed to get him, I hope he can turn things around. Unfortunately, his numbers are not trending that way.
He’s got two starts this week, as listed in Jersey Joe’s inaugural post over at www.razzball.com. A couple years ago we’d have thought a two-start week in 2009 could be good for 20Ks, a sub-1.00 WHIP and maybe even a complete-game shutout. Now, as Jersey Joe puts it, he’s still a fantasy start, but don’t expect to ever catch a glimpse of the 2006 Liriano.
Do you think Liriano’s going to turn things around? Do any young pitchers have a chance to produce up to the level we expected from Liriano? Let us know in the comments, or start a conversation on our message boards.