Jim Souhan: The diagnosis for Liriano is this simple, it's all in his head

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 13, 2012 - 11:25 PM

Again Friday he showed that he's physically imposing but mentally vulnerable to blowing up under pressure.

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rodneyklineJul. 13, 1211:50 PM

Liriano will eventually get it together in my opinion. The Twins will get Delmon Young trade type players that will amount to nothing. That is why it is smarter to sign him to an extension rather than let him go to another team and put it all together. A guy with his stuff is very rare. We just need to lower expectations. He has Ace stuff but he is not an ace. Sign a new Ace that they should have signed last year and guys like Diamond, Baker and Liriano are expected to be 2,3 and 4 at best. Most teams would love to have Liriano as a four or five starter with his stuff. If we need starting pitching so desperately in any trade, why trade Liriano if we can sign him for a reasonable extension. They could still trade him later if they sign him. He won't have a no trade clause. trade players at their peak and not at the low point. Garza, Bartlett for Young and then Young for nothing is a perfect example

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BallFourJul. 14, 1212:27 AM

To say that Liriano lost that game is to decide what you were going to write, Sou, and then try to make it fit. Dozier and Span need to make those plays.

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FibrillatorDJul. 14, 12 2:19 AM

"he face adversity and cringed" wut. he gave up a grand slam in the 4th in the worst possible scenario and proceeded to pitch 4 more innings of 0 run ball striking out 6 and displaying ace-like poise. What is the agenda here.

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downsideupJul. 14, 12 3:37 AM

Also, when he gave up that grand slam he removed the possibility of a quality start, which is 6 innings and giving up less than 3 runs. It doesn't matter how many he can fan. You need mental fortitude. He doesn't have it.

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lindy_frank123Jul. 14, 12 5:26 AM

Jim, Who said the Yankees would make him a starter? He goes to the pen if they get him and he won't be pitching much.

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jgroutJul. 14, 12 6:58 AM

Don't confuse lowest batting average with fewest home runs. The A's recently had a streak of 17 consecutive games with at least one HR and they've moved a fair ways off the bottom of the league in that category.

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jjaymzJul. 14, 12 7:08 AM

You all know damn well that if we trade him, he'll be a star someplace else. He just needs to get away from the Twins' weirdness.

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razzlerJul. 14, 12 9:10 AM

tell us something we don't know mister souhan...tell us something we don't know....

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hjlazniJul. 14, 12 9:23 AM

SPAN CAUGHT THE BALL AND IT FELL FROM HIS GLOVE WHEN HE PUT HIS HAND IN THE GLOVE TO TRANSFER THE BALL SO IT IS A CATCH, UNLESS THE RULE STATES THE BALL HAS TO ACTUALLY TOUCH THE THROWING HAND. THE ANNOUNCERS MADE NO ATTEMPT TO LOOK UP THE WRITTEN RULE. THE WRITER AND MOST OF THE COMMENTERS JUST DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT DOZIER AGAIN COST THE TWINS THE GAME. DEVRIES AND LIRIANO LOST THE LAST TWO GAMES DESPITE EXCELLENT OUTINGS BECAUSE OF DOZIER'S POOR PLAY. HE DROPPED THE RICOCHET OFF LIRIANO BEFORE HE THREW LATE TO FIRST TO START THE INNING. YOU CAN NOT GIVE A TEAM EXTRA OUTS AND WIN. THOSE OF YOU WHO ACTUALLY PLAYED BASEBALL KNOW THAT THE PITCHER AND SHORTSTOP ARE ALWAYS THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT PLAYERS WHEN YOU PUT YOUR TEAM TOGETHER. THE TWINS ARE IN THE CELLAR THIS YEAR AND LAST BECAUSE THE TWINS HAVE USED THESE SEASONS AS AN EXTENDED SPRING TRAINING AT SHORTSTOP, GIVING PLOUFFE, NISHI AND DOZIER AND HUGHES SIGNIFICANT PLAYING TIME AT SS. THE TWINS WERE ACTUALLY MOVING TO FIRST PLACE LAST YEAR WHEN CASILLA WAS THE SS. THE TWINS TREATMENT OF CASILLA AND REVERE IN RIGHTFIELD EARLIER THIS YEAR, BY TRYING EVERY CASTOFF IN REVERE'S SPOT, GIVES THE TWINS LITTLE CHANCE TO ADVANCE.

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tradecuddyerJul. 14, 12 9:39 AM

Souhan, this has nothing to do with his mentality, it's all about horrible coaching in Anderson, Gardenhire and company.

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