Where the hell has this Francisco Liriano been? You know, the dependable middle-of-the-rotation guy playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates who's currently holding down a 2.23 ERA? How'd this happen?
This Francisco Liriano looks vastly different than the one in recent years. In 2011 and 2012, Liriano's ERAs were bloated monstrosities over 5.00, and his BB/9 was also near 5.0. The guy was an control-deprived suckfest. (Yes, he threw a no-hitter in 2011, but a no-hitter isn't everything.) How'd he turn it around this season? Apparently, he fiddled with his delivery during rehab, his fastball velocity is excellent, and he has slashed his walk rate, indicating a better sense of control.