Liriano's numbers don't tell the whole story

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Liriano's numbers don't tell the whole story

Francisco Liriano has a 3-10 record. That doesn't look good. It also doesn't matter.

Five of those losses came during Liriano's first six starts, after which he was demoted to the Twins' bullpen with a 9.45 ERA and 19 walks in 26 23 innings. Since his return to the rotation May 30, Liriano is 3-5. He's allowed either one or two runs in five of those 11 starts, and is 2-2 in those outings.

In his previous two starts before the White Sox scored seven off him July 23, Liriano struck out 25 in 14 innings while allowing six runs. He lost both starts.

Liriano's win-loss record really isn't relevant, especially in a discussion of how he'll fare going forward. He's coming from the Twins, who enter Sunday with the second-worst record in the American League, to the White Sox, who have the third-best record in the league.

We can't completely sweep Liriano's first six starts under the rug, but it's worth noting that Liriano allowed more runs from April 7 through May 7 (30) than he did his his 11 starts after returning to Minnesota's starting rotation (29).

Here's a comparison of two unnamed pitchers over their last 11 starts:

Pitcher A: 66 IP, 3.68 ERA, 79 K, 29 BB, 6 HR, .595 opponent OPS
Pitcher B: 76 IP, 3.79 ERA, 71 K, 18 BB, 10 HR, .704 opponent OPS

Both are now White Sox starters. Pitcher A is Liriano, Pitcher B is Jake Peavy.

Of course, over the entire 2012 season, Peavy has been much better than Liriano. Nobody's doubting that. But since his move back to the rotation, Liriano has been comparable to Peavy, who earned a bid to the All-Star Game and has been mentioned in early Cy Young chatter this season.

On the surface, the White Sox are getting a starter who's 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA. But those numbers are hardly fair. If Liriano can continue this success over his next 11 starts, he'll provide an incredible boost to the playoff chances of the White Sox.

'White Sox Cornerstones' specials air tonight on CSN

'White Sox Cornerstones' specials air tonight on CSN

The White Sox tout one of baseball's best farm systems, and CSN is taking you behind the scenes of those teams and top prospects with our latest Original Production.

White Sox Cornerstones: Charlotte and White Sox Cornerstones: Birmingham & Winston-Salem, presented by Ozinga, will air back-to-back tonight at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on CSN. You can also catch a live stream of both airings right here via the NBC Sports app.

White Sox Cornerstones: Charlotte will provide viewers a look at some of the brightest young stars in the game, including baseball's top prospect Yoan Moncada. The 21-year-old Moncada is batting .333 with six home runs and 13 RBIs in 33 games and was recently named the International League Player of the Week. We sit down with Moncada to discuss his development as a player, as well as his relationship with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.

The Knights also tout top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito, as well as pitchers Carson Fulmer, Zack Burdi and Reynaldo Lopez. Burdi and Fulmer will "walk to work" with CSN and discuss their mentality leading up to a game, what it means to be part of a rebuild and how their Charlotte teammates remain competitive even off the field.

You'll also hear from White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, Knights manager Mark Grudzielanek and Knights pitching coach Steve McCatty.

Then stay tuned in for White Sox Cornerstones: Birmingham & Winston-Salem as we ride the bus with the Birmingham Barons following their road win over the Montgomery Biscuits. The 90-minute bus ride includes interviews with No. 3 prospect Michael Kopech, who is 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 2017. The 21-year-old who came over with Moncada in the Chris Sale deal this past winter has struck out 51 batters in 35.1 innings. Kopech discusses his obsession with being the best and his thoughts on being a part of the White Sox rebuild.

We'll also travel to Salem, Virginia as the White Sox square off against the Salem Red Sox. CSN will sit down with No. 6 prospect Zack Collins and pitcher Tanner Banks. Collins discusses his thoughts on becoming the catcher of the future on Chicago's South Side.

You'll also hear from propsects Luis Alexander Basabe, Dane Dunning, Spencer Adams and manager Willie Harris, among others.

Preview: White Sox open series with Diamondbacks on CSN and live stream

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Preview: White Sox open series with Diamondbacks on CSN and live stream

Watch as the White Sox open their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night on CSN and live streaming on the NBC Sports app. 

Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.29 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.09 ERA)

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