2006 Liriano was on track for one of the most amazing seasons ever. In just about every start he was dominant and he quickly became a favorite of mine to watch. Hitters would walk away from the plate shaking their heads as that slider would just drop away at the last minute.
Unfortunately, Diana Moon Glampers came in and decided that what he was doing was unfair and handicapped him with a Tommy John Surgery. Since then, as Twins fans know, he has been up and down and was traded to the White Sox in ’12 for Hernandez and Escobar. Don Cooper said he could "fix" Liriano, but he ended up with a 5.40 ERA in 11 starts with the White Sox. At the start of ’13 I felt good about the trade especially when Escobar proved to be a valuable utility guy and Liriano started the season on a rehab assignment with the Pirates (after initially failing a physical.) Now he is back in the bigs, and pitching quite well. Its great to see him having success, I hope he regains some of the magic that he had in 2006.
His YTD stats are below, I sure wish the Twins had a starter throwing these kinds of numbers…I'm sure some will see this as an indictment of the Twin's pitching coaches, but I don't. Anderson did want he could with him, and Don Cooper is pretty good at his job too. Sometimes, this is just the way it goes.