Siberian Baseball

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

For what it's worth

For the fans who are still crossing their fingers regarding the return of Francisco Liriano, I saw this today via Yahoo! Sports:

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Joe Christensen reports Kansas City Royals OF Mark Teahen could tell the difference in the 2008 version of Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano and the dominant one in 2006. "I know his velocity's down a lot," said Teahen, who went 0-for-3 against Liriano. "I saw his slider pretty good today. Obviously I didn't produce, but it was easier to pick up the slider. He's still throwing 91 [miles per hour] and can still be a really productive pitcher, but definitely not the flash that was there in '06."

It's not the end of the world, it was just one game and his first back, but that's not very promising if things don't start to get better. Besides, how do the Royals rate "productive?" Is that some sort of sliding scale?



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