Francisco Liriano recorded the 5th no hitter in Twins history on Tuesday night, May 3rd. It was a great victory for the Twins and for Liriano who was very much in danger of losing his spot in the rotation had he pitched another bad outing. Coming into the game, Liriano had an ERA of 9.00 and he came through in the clutch.
But is this enough to put Frankie back on the track he was on in 2006 when he won 12 games and recorded 144 strikeouts?
If you look at the no hitters in 2010 it would lead you to believe the answer is yes.
Ubaldo Jimenez, Edwin Jackson, Dallas Braden, Matt Garza and Roy Halladay (twice) all pitched no-hitters last season. Only two of those pitchers did worse following their pitching perfection. Following their no-hitters: Jimenez went 16-8, Edwin Jackson 5-6, Dallas Braden 7-2, Roy Halladay went 14-7 following his regular season no-no and Matt Garza went 4-5.
While it's not overwhelming evidence that blue skies are ahead, it certainly gives him some hope...and right now isn't that something the Twins (and their fans) need more than anything?