Wednesday, May 4, 2011
You guys probably didn't hear about this at all, but Francisco Liriano pitched a no-hitter last night, which is awesome and a lot of fun to watch. But what some people, particularly those who didn't watch and just like to talk about it on the radio, are missing is that this was one of the more underwhelming no-hitters ever thrown. Not this year, I mean ever.
He struck out only two batters, just the 13th no hitter ever and first since 1980 with two or fewer whiffs. He also walked 6, just the 22nd time a pitcher threw a no-ho and walked that many and his two strikeouts were the fewest out of that group. He also threw just 66 strikes out of his 123 pitches. I checked all starters from that night and his 54% strike rate was better than just Ryan Vogelsong's 51% - the same Ryan Vogelsong who was making his second start since 2006.
In other words, he did the same crap he always does. Nibble nibble nibble and drive me and every pitching coach in the world bonkers, but this time it worked to perfection because the White Sox (sans Konerko) are a bunch of sissy nancy-boys who swing the bat with their little noodle arms and most of the time they make contact the speed with which the ball comes off the bat wouldn't break a spider's web. I mean, it worked. It did, he pitched a great game, and I'm thrilled for him. I enjoyed the hell out of watching the end, and actually clapped my hands once and said "YES!" out when he got the last out, and coming from a reserved fan like me that's a pretty big reaction.
I just want people to settle down a bit. This doesn't mean Liriano is back to form or is on the cusp - again - of becoming an ace pitcher. Don't forget that the lineup he no-hit is the same group that only managed four hits off the infinitely hittable Nick Blackburn. So enjoy it, but don't expect him to suddenly "get it." Sorry to rain on your stupid parade.
I was going to write more, but I just saw that Ice Cube is now doing Coors Light commercials. Jesus Christ.