Reason #1,034 to fire Rick Anderson: Francisco Liriano
Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:14 PM
As shown in the article, the Pirates are letting Liriano use his slider to get players out rather than his fastball. In return, his numbers look a lot like 2006 rather than 2011 and '12.
It should be simple for a good coach to play to their player's strengths. However, Anderson has been hard-nosed about making his players pitch to contact (unless you're Sam Deduno, I guess.)
Once again, let the debate begin.
Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:19 PM
It was also noted by another poster that the over reliance on the slider led to Liriano's previous arm problems. I'm no Anderson fan by any means but this one isn't on him IMHO.
Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:40 PM
I would ask the same about the Pirates.
Maybe its just throwing to Martin instead of Mauer, his game calling, getting the low strikes that maybe he didn't get throwing to Mauer. And the abandonment of the 4 seemer (he didn't throw a single one last night).
Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:07 PM
Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:18 PM
We have seen these bursts from Liriano before..
He had an All-star caliber stretch right up until 2 starts before he was traded last year, right?
Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:41 PM
Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:48 PM
Yeah, I often think that Rick Anderson is overrated as a pitching coach. He was credited with improving Guardado and Hawkins... and he deserves some credit for Deduno. He helped Liriano in his good stretches. Liriano being good elsewhere should surprise no one. Certainly not a reason for firing.
Agreed. But being the pitching coach of a team that has been in the bottom 2 (or 3) in ERA for 3 season in a row, it is reason to fire him, because Stelly's firing did not improve the pitching staff. So it was not Stelly's fault, despite what Ryan thought.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 05:54 PM
Posted 30 July 2013 - 06:04 PM
Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:20 PM
Better yet, the Tigers or White Sox should sign him. What could go wrong?
Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:41 PM
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