Francisco Liriano was on the precipice of losing his starting spot after posting an ERA over 9.00 and an 18/18 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings. Kevin Slowey is rehabbing in the minor leagues and is being stretched out to return as a starter.
The message was received by Liriano, who threw the first no-hitter of the season and the first complete game of his career against the White Sox in a 1-0 win last night. Although it's a huge accomplishment, it wasn't very impressive. He struck out just two and walked six.
Liriano was throwing around 92 m.p.h. but isn't generating many swings and misses, especially with his slider, a key pitch for him. He has a K/9 of 5.51 and a 6.61 BB/9. It came against the White Sox, who are struggling in a major way offensively.
Liriano may have been cut in shallow leagues or on the bench in most leagues. I don't blame you and don't second guess yourself. I even mulled over benching him in a 12-team AL-only league before keeping him in the lineup.
It's easy to see a no-hitter and think Liriano has turned the corner. I am not convinced. There's still a lot of red flags.