Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano lost his third consecutive start Wednesday, allowing seven runs in five innings against the Kansas City Royals. Liriano's ERA sits at 9.42, his WHIP at 1.74, and ... if you can pry this top-20 starting pitcher from his owner, you should do it. Assuming health, Liriano should be fine.
What will Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen do with his bullpen now? Chris Sale (7.36 ERA) allowed three runs without getting an out in the ninth inning Wednesday, while Matt Thornton (7.71 ERA) allowed three more runs in losing the game in the 10th. Don't be surprised if right-hander Sergio Santos gets the next save chance.
Things also did not go well for Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy, after Lance Berkman and other St. Louis Cardinals punished him for nine earned runs in three innings. Kennedy pitched well in his previous start, striking out nine, and his ERA rose from 2.57 to 6.88 Wednesday. Chances are this was just a bad night, and Kennedy owners should stick with him.
A starting pitcher that did fare well is Seattle Mariners lefty Jason Vargas, bouncing back from a rough seven-run outing last week. Vargas allowed five hits and one run to a strong Toronto Blue Jays lineup Wednesday, striking out seven, and remains a favorable play in home games.
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy made his season debut Wednesday, hitting a double in four at-bats. Lucroy, who was on the DL with a broken finger, should get the majority of starts behind the plate, and there is upside for deeper leagues. Lucroy's career batting average in five minor league seasons is .298.
A catcher with more upside is Matt Wieters of the Baltimore Orioles. The third-year backstop hit his second double and first home run of the season Wednesday, his first hits in more than a week. Wieters took steps backward in 2010, but even in shallow leagues, Wieters should be owned on potential alone.