I realize that after absolutely dominating minor league batters before his call-up, most thought that Liriano would be a solid fantasy play. However, most had serious doubts about his ability to rekindle the magic of his '06 campaign. I think many were looking at him as a likely solid third pitcher, but few were expecting to perform like an ace.
Is it possible that he's finally returned to his '06 form?
Aside from his K/9, his numbers in his 7 starts since being called up are actually better than those he posted in '06:
(through 7 innings tonight, assuming he gets the W)
7 Starts, 5-0, 1.23 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 38 Ks, 7.8 K/9, 2.25 BB/9
15 '06 Starts, 11-3, 1.97 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 110 Ks, 10.1 K/9, 2.6 BB/9
So, clearly his numbers have been sick, well on par with his '06 numbers save for his K/9, which has improved over his past 2 outings.
Is this the Liriano of old? Where can we expect to see him drafted next season? Has he fixed his delivery so that it makes him less prone to injury?
Also, I just looked and saw that they brought him out for the 8th and he gave up a homer, a hit, and a walk, so the numbers I posted above aren't quite as sweet... but I don't feel like going back and recalculating them.