Sunday, January 31, 2010

Welcome Aboard

Francisco Liriano got one more start in the deciding game of the Dominican Winter League championship series, and it was perhaps his best game:

5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 10 K

That brings his final combined DWL line to:

48.2 IP, 32 H, 4 ER, 0 HR, 7 BB, 64 K, 0.74 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 1.3 BB/9, 11.8 K/9, 1.55 G/F

The championship game was broadcast on ESPN 360, so folks in the states got to see for themselves what he looked like. And, all of a sudden, all sorts of folks are jumping on the bandwagon. Rightfully so. Two months ago, nobody was sure what to expect from Liriano in 2010. Now, for me, if he isn't the best starter on the Twins' staff, I'm going to be disappointed. Hopefully, the DWL experience has given him the confidence to be the Ace he projected to be prior to his injury in 2006.

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