Originally Posted by blandman
That's not what Liriano is. The Pirates adjusted a mechanical hitch that caused his control to suffer. He doesn't walk nearly as many batters, and doesn't fall behind all the time. Don't be a Coopologist!
If Liriano holds the line on this I would be shocked. The Twins felt they had him "fixed" many times in his career there until they finally gave up. He would go through stretches like this in Minnesota (2006, part of 2008, and all of 2010) where he would pitch well and dominate and then his mechanics would get all wonky again the following year. Consistency has always been the issue with Liriano. This isn't me being an apologist for Coop, it is just who Liriano is as a pitcher.
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