Rick Porcello: The Underdog

My man, Ricky P

Rick Porcello
May 27, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (22) before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox main concern coming into this season was pitching depth. After acquiring David Price, the Sox were really lacking starting pitching behind him. Their rotation goes; David Price, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly, Rick Porcello, and Steven Wright. Besides the powerful Price, nobody else really stands out. But one of those guys has been pitching outstanding for Boston. And it’s the #4; Rick Porcello.

Nobody expected Porcello to pitch as well as he has so far. Everybody I know actually doubted him greatly. I’ve always liked Rick Porcello, and I’ve always had faith in him. He has started the season 3-0, with two of those wins coming against the defending AL East champs, Toronto Blue Jays.

Whenever guys like Buchholz and Kelly take the mound, I can never be sure that they’ll produce. They let up early runs, lose control, and get high in their pitch counts. The way Porcello has been pitching, I can assume every time he takes the mound the Red Sox will win that game. He’s just been so consistent.

Here’s a video of Porcello’s impressive outing against one of the best lineups in baseball. You can see how consistent he is with pitch location. He clearly doesn’t throw gas, but he has nasty stuff. And when he can control his pitches, he’s unstoppable.

Porcello’s most recent outing was against the Tampa Bay Rays. Porcello went 7 strong innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 9 strikeouts. The Sox won this game 7-3, and Porcello moved on to 3-0 with a 4.66 ERA.

Yes, he’s going to allow some bombs here and there. He always has. But Porcello, unlike Clay Buchholz, does not get rattled quickly. He’ll give up a 420 foot homer and then go on to strike out the side. He’s so determined and driven to do well.

You can see here, Ricky P wasn’t too thrilled when manager John Farrell pulled him from the game against Toronto. You absolutely love to see this. He wants to pitch, and he wants to pitch well. And when he does pitch well, you can’t really ask for much more.

Everybody has their own opinion on Rick Porcello. I love the guy. You should too. I actually hope he has an undefeated season and pisses on every team he pitches against in the playoffs. To those of you who love ragging on the guy and saying he sucks, just know us Porcello lovers are sipping on hot tea watching him strikeout guys left and right.