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  1. Would (potentially) make an interesting deadline acquisition.

    Comment by AL Eastbound — June 5, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

  2. “Walks will haunt” was the warning flashed on the antiquated Metrodome scoreboard in Minneapolis whenever an opposing pitcher’s control went awry. It should also accompany every start of Francisco’s when HIS control falls off the cliff, accompanied by British warning sirens. Crossing our fingers he can duplicate last outing, as the Twins have run out of options for starters!

    Comment by Mike Busch — June 5, 2012 @ 3:32 pm

  3. I wonder what the range of contract dollars Liriano could receive in free agency this year looks like.

    If he can’t lower his current walk rate or gets injured again, I’d imagine he’ll get a one year deal worth a couple million dollars.

    If he pitches like its 2010 again from now until the end of the season, which he *should* be capable of, how big of a contract could he get? 3/40? More?

    Comment by Peter — June 5, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  4. I’d bet some (probably not most) pitching coaches are thinking, “If I could get him in a good place, he will be a very good 2/3 pitcher.” While the sane ones are thinking, “I’m don’t want to get near a pitcher with those long standing control issues.”

    Comment by monkey business — June 5, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

  5. He just tied the MLB record by striking out four Royals in an inning, all on sliders two feet in front of home plate. Beware confounders, we’re talking about the Royals here.

    Comment by Paul — June 5, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

  6. It was the 4-7 batters, and I’d rather not have the highlights feature me swinging on a ball that bounced a few times between the mound and the plate even if I was a backup catcher.

    Comment by monkey business — June 5, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

  7. Not to mention that Royals hitters have the fewest strikeouts in the majors by a fairly wide margin.

    Comment by alex — June 6, 2012 @ 7:56 am

  8. Liriano pitched to Butera in his last 2 starts. Much smaller, lower catcher.

    Comment by payroll — June 6, 2012 @ 11:44 am

  9. It looks like Liriano threw almost no 2 seamers in his last 2 starts, did he ditch that pitch? Perhaps that’s what’s helping his control

    Comment by slash12 — June 8, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

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