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Examining the Night & Day Performances of Blue Jays’ Francisco Liriano

JAYS FROM THE COUCH COMPARES THE LAST TWO STARTS BY FRANCISCO LIRIANO WHO HAS BEEN UP AND DOWN THUS FAR FOR THE BLUE JAYS.

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Obtaining the services of Francisco Liriano at this year’s MLB Trade Deadline, took us all by surprise. Not only was he a guy who was not in the rumor mill, but he wasn’t necessarily a guy who fans dreamed of. In fact, after the trade broke, we sat down with Jason Rollison of Pirates Breakdown to hear what we could expect from Liriano. During Episode 85 of the Jays Nest Podcast, Jason didn’t really have a lot of positive things to get us excited about the 32 yr old Dominican lefty.

 

Basically, the scoop was that Liriano will be hot and cold. One night, he’ll show flashes of brilliance, the next he’ll have seemingly forgotten where the strike zone is. I bring this up because his tenure in Toronto has been exactly as advertised. Most recently, he was great against the Cleveland Indians, which came as a surprise after he was not so great in his start before that against the Houston Astros. I wanted to look into the difference(s) between the two starts to see if there was a rhyme or reason.

 

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Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Prospect, Jameson Taillon, Could Be The Next Big Fantasy Baseball Star

It is just a matter of time before Jameson Taillon finds himself standing on the mound in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform. For those who aren’t familiar with Taillon, it is time to get familiar. He was drafted in the first round (second overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010.

 

From 2011 to 2013, he shot up the organization and was on the fast track to a promotion to the big league team. Unfortunately, he was sidelined in 2014 after receiving Tommy John Surgery. Luckily for the Pirates, it looks like Taillon is back to his dominating ways since his recovery.

 

In 2016, he has thrown 49.1 innings, with a 1.82 ERA, 51 strikeouts, and only 5 walks in Triple-A. He is ready for the big leagues, it is just a matter of finding him a spot in the rotation for him. The Pirates’ rotation is currently filled by Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Jon Niese, Jeff Locke, and Juan Nicasio.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 5/18/16To se

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P- Francisco Liriano (vs. Atlanta Braves): $10,400. Liriano is facing one of the worst teams in the league on Wednesday. Clearly, this is a great matchup for the left-hander. In 112 career at bats against Liriano, the Braves’ lineup is batting .205. The Atlanta Braves have recorded the most strikeouts versus a left-handed pitcher in 2016 by a landslide. They have struck out 125 times versus lefties, compared to the second place team, the Milwaukee Brewers, at only 105 strikeouts. This could be a great source of points for Liriano on Wednesday. Liriano is averaging 13.9 points per game on DraftKings this season.

P- Jake Odorizzi (vs. Toronto Blue Jays): $7,900. Odorizzi will be facing the 28th ranked offense in the league, which is hard to believe after the numbers the Blue Jays offense put up in 2015. In 97 career at bats against Odorizzi, the Blue Jays’ lineup is batting .134. Odorizzi is scoring an average of 12.7 points per game on DraftKings this season.

 

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Daily Fantasy MLB DFS Picks For DraftKings 5/11/16

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P- Francisco Liriano (@ Cincinnati Reds): $9,000. Liriano has been fairly consistent over his first few starts in 2016. He has thrown 35 innings, with a 3-1 record, 3.60 ERA, 39 strikeouts, and 19 walks. He will be facing the 25th ranked offense on Wednesday, which is a great matchup for Liriano. The Reds’ lineup has really struggled against the left-handed throughout his career. In 170 career at bats against Liriano, the Reds’ lineup is batting .224, with 5 home runs, 40 strikeouts, and a .298 OBP. These numbers are very much in favor of Liriano on Wednesday. He is currently averaging 15.8 points per game on DraftKings this season.

P- Wei-Yin Chen (vs. Milwaukee Brewers): $7,800. Chen is facing another struggling offense on Wednesday. The Milwaukee Brewers are currently ranked as the 22nd overall offense in Major League Baseball. In 62 career at bats against Chen, the Brewers’ lineup is batting .210, with 1 home run, 17 strikeouts, and a .258 OBP. There will be a 12 MPH wind blowing towards home plate, which is a great sign for Chen considering this should limit the number of potential home runs. Chen has faced the Milwaukee lineup one time this year and he got the win after throwing 6.2 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Chen is averaging 12.1 points per game on DraftKings this season.

 

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Who Owned Baseball April 12, 2016 (Daily MLB AL/NL Pitcher + Hitter MVP’s) + 2016 #WOB Standings

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Charlie Morton pitched shutout ball into the 7th, finishing 6 2/3 innings, 3 hits and 7 strikeouts, getting the 3-0 decision for Philadelphia over San Diego.

Trevor Brown continued his surprising power surge with a pair of homers and 4 RBI to lead the Giants to a 7-2 victory in Colorado.

Derek Holland gave the Rangers 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 4 in the 8-0 blowout in Seattle.

Justin Upton went 4 for 5 with a homer, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored in the Tigers 8-2 win over Pittsburgh.

They all owned baseball on April 12, 2016.

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WTF Pittsburgh? Are You Contenders Or Are You At The Kids Table?

This club has improved a great deal over the last 8 years, and they are in great His strategic moves over the next 12 months will determine if that means a playoff round win.

This Pirates club has made themselves relevant in the NL for the last 3 years with appearing in the Wild Card game – and pushing the Cards to the brink of elimination in 2014.  However this organization has looked petty in looking too much to the bottom line so far this offseason.  They have lost 4 players from the 98 win team of 2015 – and only have Jon Niese and Juan Nicasio as guys that help the MLB squad in 2016.  They still have 3 months to go, but thus far the winter has been a tire fire.

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What the hell are the Pirates doing this offseason?!!  I mean I have tonnes of respect for Neil Huntington – however the brass has made some highly questionable moves to save some money.

The Pittsburgh window to win is 2 – 3 more years, yet it almost looks likes the management is throwing a preemptive strike to blow the club up.

Okay, I may be overstating the facts a little here – as there is still well over 3 months before the club even hits Spring Training.

The club first non-tendered Pedro Alvarez – rather than head to the last year of Arbitration with him.  He would have made in the neighborhood of $10 MIL in 2016 – I get that, but losing a 25 – 30 HR out of your lineup will be tough to adjust for. (more…)

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