Stat of the Day: Why Francisco Liriano’s Strikeout Rate Makes Him A Player To Target

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Did you know:
Among pitchers with at least 250 IP over the past two seasons, Francisco Liriano leads the league with a 13.4% SwStr% (Clayton Kershaw is second at 12.6%)

Of course the question with Liriano isn’t his strikeout ability, with K/9 of 9.11 and 9.70 the past two seasons. The problem is his control, which regressed last season to  a 4.49 BB/9. That said he improved to 4.08 in the second half and posted a 3.52 in 2013.

Couple those types of numbers with pitching in the NL and a groundball rate north of 50%? The potential is there to be fantasy gold.

There are few pitchers with his type of strikeout ability, yet his average ADP is 196.7. That’s the 56th starting pitcher coming off the board!! Pitching is deep this season, but the ability to get the potential strikeout leader (if healthy) that late?

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  1. Capoeira says:

    Ugh, this is not a player to bet your chances on

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      His current ADP makes it not much of an investment. If he fails you move on, but the potential upside makes him worth the gamble

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