Porcello (4-10) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Twins. It wasn't a terrible outing, as the right-hander threw 69 of 112 pitches for strikes, but a lack of run support made Porcello the first pitcher in the majors this season to reach double digits in losses. Last year's improbable AL Cy Young Award winner will take a 5.06 ERA into his next start Monday on the road against the Rangers.
Porcello (4-9) allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk while striking out eight over 6.1 innings in Friday's 9-4 win over the Angels. He snapped a four-game losing streak with his 10th quality start of the season. Porcello was in fine form, pounding the zone with 73 strikes in 102 pitches, and he avoided the long ball for just the second time in his last five outings. The right-hander will look to keep rolling Wednesday at home against the Twins.
Porcello gave up seven runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three in six innings Saturday against the Astros. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner now sports an ugly 5.05 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Hopefully his owners were cautious and kept him on the bench against this potent Houston lineup. Next week he will face a less daunting Angels offense, which is still without Mike Trout.
Porcello allowed five runs on 10 hits and one walk across six innings in a no-decision Monday against the Phillies. He struck out four. Porcello was done in by a poor first inning in this one, allowing the Phillies to pound out five hits while plating four runs in the opening frame. He bounced back after that point, however, allowing just one more run over the next five innings. While Porcello has done well to post a 1.3 BB/9 over his last nine starts, he's been remarkably hittable during that span, allowing eight or more base hits seven times. With his Cy Young form from a season ago seemingly nowhere to be found, the right-hander will carry a 4.67 ERA to go along with a 1.51 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Astros.
Porcello enters his start Monday against the Phillies trying to find consistency with with his sinker, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. "There's been a constant and persistent focus on trying to regain the release and the action to his sinker," manager John Farrell said Sunday. "That's priority No. 1 and has been for him." Porcello's record is 3-8 with a 4.46 ERA, and his two-seamer has been the main culprit. Seven of his 14 home runs allowed and 45 of the 104 hits he's given up have come off his sinker. Consistency with that pitch was a struggle for Porcello when he first arrived in Boston in 2015, but he appeared to solve the problem late that season and during his 2016 Cy Young campaign. Perhaps facing the Phillies, who average less than four runs per game, will help turn around Porcello's season.
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