byfrcp wrote:Yoda wrote:today is a prime example as to why you can't put too much stock in pitching performances in April.
Yet Liriano will "clearly never be the pitcher he once was"?
1. Liriano is coming off major surgery
2. Liriano is changing his mechanics due to a major injury which resulted in said major surgery. Basically, he has to relearn how to pitch.
3. Liriano is changing his pitch selection, not utilizing what was perhaps one of the best pitches in baseball
4. Liriano's velocity is much lower than pre-surgery
These are the differences that I can think of off the top of my head between Liriano and the rest of the other established pitchers like Shields or CC or whoever.
I don't understand how so many people actually believed that Liriano would come back even remotely close to what he was especially for 08. If you did then I might have a bridge that I can sell you.