Monday, March 14, 2011

Lefty Liriano Rebounds with Phils

Francisco LirianoAfter Liriano's first official start of the spring on Wednesday against the Orioles, he was not pleased with his mechanics and felt nothing was going right.

His feelings and performance seemed to pull a 180 shirt on Sunday in a start against the Phillies. Liriano pitched three scoreless innings, scattering four hits and walking two batters. While the outing wasn't picture perfect, it was an improvement in L's mind.

All of the balls put in play by the Phillies during L's start were ground balls, which is very good and, although his command was not spot on, he seemed to possess better movement on his pitches than against the Orioles.

There was mild speculation that Liriano was attempting to 'catch-up' after missing the early parts of spring training from shoulder soreness. I think Liriano just has high standards annnnd I can respect that - keep up the good work... dawg.

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