Rick Porcello, right-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, has been pitching beautifully so far during this 2016 season. The 27 year-old is now 13-2 on the year, and 10-0 at Fenway Park. Porcello has an ERA of 3.57 with 108 strikeouts and only 24 walks on the season. Pretty Ricky’s 13 wins are tied for 2nd in the American League behind only Chris Sale and Chris Tillman, who both have 14 wins on the season. Porcello’s winning percentage is 2nd in the AL at .867, trailing only Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez at .917.
Boston’s pitching staff has struggled greatly this season, and even with the addition of David Price, it is safe to say that Rick Porcello is the ace of this Red Sox staff. In a very tight AL East, Boston is in 3rd place, 2.5 games behind Baltimore. If Price can continue to pitch like himself, and Pomeranz proves why he was worth a top prospect, the Red Sox will be looking at a serious playoff run, especially with their electric offense that leads the majors in so many categories.
Let’s take a look at some of Porcello’s impressive outings thus far
As you can see from these highlights, Porcello has really improved from previous seasons. His control is pitch-perfect, he hits his spots, he pitches deep into games, strikes out around 7 hitters a game on average, and rarely walks anybody.
Porcello’s 2 losses this season were both close games, where the Sox offense didn’t shine like usual. His loss against NYY was a 3-2 game where he tossed 7 innings striking out 5, and his loss against KC was an 8-4 game, where only 4 of those runs were earned.
Porcello will pitch tonight in Anaheim against the Angels, looking to secure his 14th win of the season. If Porcello continues to pitch the way he is, he can be in serious consideration for American League Cy Young. It’s pretty much between him, Sanchez, Salazar, and Sale so far, but nobody wants Edward Scissorhands to win Cy Young. That’s kinda weird.