Francisco Liriano entered Tuesday's start with an ERA north of nine. And he threw a no-hitter against the White Sox.
These are the facts: Liriano wasn't just bad coming into Tuesday. He was downright awful. Only a handful of pitchers had a worse FIP, and only Liriano and Ryan Dempster had an ERA higher than 9.00. He walked as many as he struck out and just looked generally hittable.
Liriano didn't look especially good on Tuesday. He walked six and struck out just two. But he was able to mix his fastball, slider and changeup in a manner that may not have been effective against a normal offense. The White Sox offense? Not normal. Just bad.
Here's what I had to say about Liriano's impending start last week, after we learned the Twins were considering dropping Liriano from the starting rotation:
If the Sox really want to deal an early blow to Minnesota, they'll tear up Liriano and continue his horrific start to the season.
Instead, the Sox dealt the Twins a shot in the arm. The Sox had an opportunity to deal a blow to a wounded Minnesota team and instead gave the Twins water, food, shelter and $50,000 cash.
We've said it over and over again. The White Sox offense cannot be this bad. There's just too much talent for the Sox to be this bad. But, over and over again, the Sox indeed do look "that" bad.
Tonight was the magnum opus of a bad offense. Again, the Sox can only go up from here, but that's not saying much.
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