Francisco Liriano had another typical night, throwing 9 shut-out innings in an epic duel against another pitcher who has thrown a no-hitter in Edwin Jackson. The game put him on his way to 3.62 era, 200 strikeouts, 58 walks, a 14-10 record, a 1.263 whip, and put him in contention for the Cy Young award.
Oops! That was last year!
This year Liriano had a 9.13 era, a 1.0 walk to strikeout ratio, a 1-4 record, and a 1.9 whip. He came to the Cell with a 'new strategy' which of course was 'do everything the same except against the White Sox'. With 2 strikeouts to 6 walks, he followed his own strategy to great effect with a no-hitter and a shut-out.
Our offense is horrible against bad pitching and rookies so green that they were plucked from the farm minutes ago. We make zero adjustments mid game and our advanced scouting is probably non-existent. We lost two years of Carlos Quentin to his own mind-fucking. Gordon Beckham is off to another horrible start. Our infamous hitting coach's only crutch to lean on, Paul Konerko, is famous for his half season slumps as well although hes been doing well of late. The entire offense does horrible every April. If you can't even keep the players focused, then what are you here for?
I really couldn't imagine anything lower than this. We just got shut out and no hit at home by the team with the worst record in the league and by a pitcher with one of the worst numbers in the league this year. Enough effing cap tips.
So for something that should have been done in 2010. and 2009. and 2007.
FIRE GREG WALKER.
The following is a resume for firing Greg Walker. Please submit your own examples of shitty pitchers and nobody rookies finding their command against the White Sox.
Dana Eveland: 6 IP, 2 runs, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K on April, 15 2010 and 7 IP, 0 runs, 2 H, 4 K, 3 BB on May 6, 2010.
Ivan Nova: 5 2/3 IP, 1 run, 5 H, 7 K, 1 BB and his first career win on August 29, 2010.
Matt Harrison: 5 IP, 0 runs, 6 H, 3 K, 0 BB on May 3, 2009 and 9 IP, 0 runs, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB on May 8, 2009.
Andy Sonnanstine: 9 IP, 0 runs, 3 H, 4 K, 1 BB on April 19, 2008.
Vin Mazzaro: 6 1/3 IP, 0 runs, 3 H, 1 K, 4 BB and his first career start and win on June 2, 2009.
Anthony Lerew: 6 IO, 1 run, 3 H, 4 K, 1 BB on June 28 2010.
Brad Bergesen: 7IP, 5H, 1BB, 5K, 1 ER. (ERA 6.63 coming in to that game) on Aug 6, 2010.
Mitch Talbot: 9IP, 6H, 0BB, 2K, 2R (1ER) (would finish year with 4.41 ERA, 69BB, 88K in 160IP) on April 16, 2010.
Kyle Davies: 7IP, 3H, 2BB, 8K, 0 ER. (would finish year with 5.27 ERA) on April 9, 2009.
Armando Galarraga: 6 1/3IP, 2BB, 4H, 5K, 0ER (would finish year with 5.64 ERA) on April 15, 2009.
Brian Tallet: 5 2/3IP, 4H, 3BB, 5K, 0ER (would finish year with 5.32 ERA) on April 24, 2009.
Robert Ray: 8IP, 3H, 1BB, 3K, 1R (0ER) (would finish year with 4.44 ERA in 4 GS) on May 16, 2009.
Sergio Mitre: 6 1/3IP, 1H, 1BB, 2K, 0ER (would finish year with.. drumroll please… 6.79 ERA!) on August 29, 2009.
Zach Miner: 6 innings, 5 hits 2 ER, 0BB, 5K on July 27th, 2008.
And my personal favorite, Adam MotherFucking Eaton 7 1/3 IP, 2 runs, 9 K, 0 BB on April 23, 2009.
Scratch that, Francisco Liriano. 9 IP, 0 runs, 0 H, 2 K, 6 BB on May 3, 2011.
*Disclaimer: I in no way advocate the personal manhunt of Greg Walker, so please don't call the police on me.
**That was for Twins fans. Hunt away!