Francisco Liriano: Can He Rebound In 2010?

Posted: 3rd December 2009 by James Rohricht in MLB
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What if? It is a question asked much too often among sports fans. This time, however, it is legitimate. The Minnesota Twins were a very talented, balanced, and well-coached team last season. So, what if Francisco Liriano had even a semi-productive '09 season? Would they have made the World Series or possibly even won it? I think so. In 2006, Liriano posted a record of 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA.á This past season, he simply didn't have it, night after night. Cisco started 24 games, only won five of them, put up a ridiculous 5.80 ERA, and single-handily butchered my fantasy team. Eventually, Rob Gardenhire decided that he had enough and stuck him into the bullpen. The culprit behind this poor turnaround is most likely the Tommy Johns surgery that he underwent in 2007. I don't know how much that ...

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