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Is Francisco Liriano’s Slow Start a Reason for Concern?

Published by on April 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The Minnesota Twins boast one of the best young rotations in all of Major League Baseball. Francisco Liriano is the ace of the rotation, but he has started off the season slow, with a 0-2 record with a ERA of 6.94.

Does Liriano have what it takes to rebound from these numbers?

Once heralded as one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, Liriano is starting back up full-time in 2009 as a starter for the Twins (after Tommy John surgery). One thing benefited Liriano was his ability to overwhelm hitters with his stuff. Liriano averaged 12.8 K/9 and 10.7 K/9 in 2005 and 2006, respectively. In 2008, however, the strikeout-per-nine innings dropped to a career-low 7.9. Will his pre-Tommy-John stuff return?

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