Francisco Liriano, you're fired (US Presswire)
Not exactly revolutionary stuff, but, based on your emails and tweets, it was something that many of you needed to hear. I'd managed to include some semi-interesting data, too.
And then, in the second inning of Francisco Liriano's second start of the 2012 season, I dropped him like a burning coal. Go away, Francisco. We're done.
In Liriano's first start this year, he yielded six runs (five earned) over four innings. Then, on Thursday afternoon, he gave up a five-spot to the Angels in the second inning. As I write these words he's still in the game, at 89 pitches. Vernon Wells just smoked a ground-rule RBI double to left. Liriano has issued three walks so far, and he's paying no attention whatsoever to base-runners. He's allowed five steals in five attempts. The radar readings aren't too impressive, either. Lots of 88-91.
So I want out. Liriano was a train-wreck last year, and he's even train-wreckier right now. If he eventually turns things around ... well, good for him. And good for whoever picks him up in my 14-team dynasty league. He'll be another manager's success story, not mine. Go away. Shoo.
But following the Liriano drop, I felt a little inauthentic working on that don't-overreact-to-early-results blog post. I've saved the draft. Maybe you'll see it in a few days, maybe not. For now, the timing is just completely wrong. Either I'm a total fraud, or Liriano is the exception to an otherwise solid principle. Dunno. Maybe both of those things are true.
I just know that I'm happy to have placed Francisco on the discard pile. Buh-bye. One less chronic fantasy headache.
- Francisco Liriano