White Sox SP Francisco Liriano Posting Better Numbers Than Zack Greinke Since Trade Deadline

The Chicago White Sox worked hard to land a starting pitcher at the trade deadline this season, and although they struck out on bigger names like Zack Greinke, general manager Ken Williams pulled off a deal for former Minnesota Twins hurler Francisco Liriano. He hadn't posted great numbers before coming over to the south side of Chicago, but since the trade he has been better than any other pitcher that actually moved before the deadline passed.

Jim Margalus of South Side Sox has the performance breakdown for each traded pitcher, and Liriano compares favorably to the competition:

Pitcher Tm Lg W L ERA GS IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ WHIP
Zack Greinke
LAA AL 1 2 6.19 5 32.0 38 22 22 5 13 28 62
1.594
Anibal Sanchez
DET AL 2 3 6.33
5 27.0 40 21 19 5 10 19 67 1.852
Ryan Dempster
TEX AL 2 1 6.04 4 25.1 28 20 17 5 8 22 76 1.421
Paul Maholm
ATL NL 2 2 2.40 4 30.0 21 8 8 5 6 26 168 0.900
Wandy Rodriguez
PIT NL 1 3 5.06 4 26.2 31 15 15 4 9 15 77 1.500
Francisco Liriano
CHW AL 2 0 4.39 5 26.2 24 13 13 2 12 30 99 1.350

Liriano's numbers are better than the rest of the American League acquisitions, and he's been better than his numbers. He's thrown three quality starts, and came one inning short of a fourth after taking a comebacker above the knee. Sure, Oakland pasted him for seven runs over 3⅓ innings, but I'm pretty sure the Sox would be happy with four good outings for every dud (assuming the dud wasn't in an elimination game). The standards for the back end of the rotation were lower than the expectations for Liriano. He's exceeded both by far.

Ken Williams for AL Exec of the Year seems more likely with each passing day as the White Sox continue to battle for playoff positioning during August.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage, visit White Sox blog South Side Sox. For more from around Major League Baseball, head over to Baseball Nation.

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