Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello has been a victim this season getting little to no run support all season long
Last season’s Cy Young Award winner was on cloud nine. This was the guy that was always pitching behind the likes of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, David Price, etc. Rick Porcello was never considered an elite 1 starter in any rotation. Not until he got to Boston was he ever considered a real ace. His first year in Boston was a bust and fans had to question the signing if it was the right move or not.
When Porcello started poorly in 2015 during his freshman year going 9 – 15 with a 4.92 ERA and had 149 strike outs in 172 innings of work he rebounded quite nicely the following season going 22 – 4 with a 3.15 ERA and had 189 K’s in 223 innings pitched. More than doubled his total wins from the season prior and cut his losses down to four. Porcello was a completely different man, or so we thought.
2017 has bought on all sorts of headaches. The starting rotation has been a mess, some of the hitters haven’t been doing their jobs and some have finally started getting warm. One player who has not changed or gotten injured in any capacity? Rick Porcello. Porcello has been trying to pitch his way to victory but it’s just not happening. You get a pitcher from time to time who gets no run support. That much can be expected every once in a while.
Porcello hasn’t helped his case with a 4.60 ERA this season which is 1.45 higher this season in comparison to last season and has also received no run support in 10 of his 20 starts this season. While I don’t think you can truly complain when you’re not helping yourself out in the allowing runs department, Porcello has gotten not a single run of support for his games. That hurts when you get nothing.
Porcello does have a nice string of 17 straight quality starts but the term quality is subjective. If you pitch six innings but give up five runs on eight hits, is it really quality? RP has allowed four runs or more in seven of his starts this season. On the contrary he’s allowed two or fewer runs in seven starts as well. Yet his record stands at 4 – 12. We ask ourselves is this completely on Porcello? The answer is no.
Sooner or later, the bats are going to turn it around, will be in soon enough to save Porcello from getting loss number 13 or to have a losing record by seasons end? That still remains unclear but one thing is for sure, if his regular season numbers don’t pan out but he does fine come playoff time, no one is going to remember or talk about his season numbers. Fans care about October especially in Boston.
All eyes will be on him assuming the Sox can continue to play at this level and better once it gets a little warmer. The All Star Break is over, it’s time to buckle down and gain some ground in the division. Hopefully players who are injured get better and the team can be 100% healthy for once this season. The Red Sox now play host to the Blue Jays for another four game series at Fenway Park.
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