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This was going to be a really useful blog post, but Francisco Liriano ruined it

Andy Behrens
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Francisco Liriano, you're fired (US Presswire)

This morning, I wrote a few hundred words of standard early-season fantasy advice, focused on the need for patience in the opening weeks. Very basic Fantasy 101 content: Baseball is a game of probabilities and match-ups and streaks and blah-blah-failures-outnumber-successes-blah.

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.

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