Rick Porcello

#22 SP / Boston Red Sox / EXP: 7YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 200 lb Age: 27 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

      Hard to see big improvement for Rick Porcello

      If you're a believe in advanced metrics, Rick Porcello should be one of your favorite bounceback candidates in baseball. His 4.92 ERA over 172 innings a year ago looks ugly, but he had one of the biggest separations between his ERA and FIP, which sat at 4.13 in his first season with the Red Sox. Porcello was, perhaps more than any player in baseball, hurt by the Red Sox defensive issues last season, and with improvements expected -- and a 3.53 second-half ERA to point to -- could he be a sleeper coming into the season? Porcello should be helped by the Red Sox defensive improvements, for sure, and an ERA in the 5.00 range seems unlikely. However, expecting him to hit his second-half mark seems unlikely as well, given his career. Porcello has an ERA below 3.50 just once, and has dramatically underperformed his FIP -- by more than half a run -- in five of his last six seasons. Porcello has had trouble with runners on base in his career, and that remained an issue for him a year ago, which makes it hard to buy into the metrics that suggest significantly better days ahead. Expect improvement, but it's hard to view him as anything more than a league-average pitcher given his track record.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Red Sox's Rick Porcello: Looking to build off good finish

      Porcello credits going back to a pitch-mix dominated by his sinker for his improvement at the end of the 2015 season, the Providence Journal reports. "First and foremost, [it was] getting back to keeping the ball down and sinking the ball, especially early in the count," Porcello explained. "Trying to get weak contact early in the count is my strength. That's where we start." Porcello posted a 5.81 ERA in his first 20 starts while throwing more four-seam fastballs than he has in the past. He threw the four-seamer 31 percent of the time compared to 34 percent for the sinker, and opponents lit him up for 20 homers in 114.2 innings. After a stint on the disabled list gave him time to think, Porcello allowed a 3.14 ERA over his final eight starts while throwing the sinker 49 percent of the time compared to just 18 percent for his four-seamer.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Red Sox SP Rick Porcello settles down after shaky start in win over Yankees

      Red Sox starter Rick Porcello gave up four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eight over eight innings Tuesday in New York. The 26-year-old righty now has eight strikeouts in three of his last four outings, and he will go for his 10th win of the season while also attempting to get his ERA under 5.00 Sunday in Cleveland.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Red Sox SP Rick Porcello strikes out eight in loss Wednesday

      Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (8-14) gave up three runs (two earned) on 11 hits and a walk while whiffing eight over seven innings in a loss against the Rays on Wednesday. The knock on Porcello has always been his lack of strikeouts, but he's actually significantly improved in that category this year, with a K/9 that's now 7.68 -- two full points higher than his previous career best. The second half's been particularly intriguing, as he's got a solid 3.51 ERA while averaging close to a strikeout per inning. It seems like Porcello's been around forever, but despite the fact that this is his seventh full MLB season, he's still only 26, and it's not inconceivable to think that we haven't seen his best work.

    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Red Sox SP Rick Porcello allows six runs in loss Friday

      Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits, walking two and striking out four over six innings of a 6-1 loss to Toronto on Friday night. Porcello (8-13, 5.16 ERA) has been much improved since returning from the disabled list in late August, but the Blue Jays have a way of slowing down the most effective pitchers. He was coming off a string of outings where he had completed at least seven innings, so it might be best to chalk this up to facing a stout offense, and give him the benefit of the doubt going forward.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Red Sox SP Rick Porcello continues season turn-around with win

      Red Sox starter Rick Porcello posted another solid outing, as he earned his eighth win of the season on Saturday against the Rays. Porcello allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out eight, en route to the 10-4 victory. Porcello (8-12, 5.06 ERA) didn't allow a run until John Jaso laced a two-run home run in the fifth inning. The Rays added a third run off of Porcello in the seventh, but the right-hander already had 10 runs of support behind him. After getting off to a rather ugly start to the season, Porcello has been much sharper lately. Over is his last eight starts, he is 4-3 with a 3.10 ERA.

    • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

      Red Sox SP Rick Porcello pitches well, but takes loss

      Despite striking out a season-high 13 batters, Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello was on the losing end of the 3-1 loss to the Yankees. Porcello allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits over eight innings of work. His lone mistake was giving up a solo home run to Brett Gardner in the eighth inning. Porcello is now 6-12 with a 5.21 ERA. He has allowed a total of one earned run over his last two starts.

    • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

      Red Sox SP Rick Porcello activated from DL, starting Wednesday

      The Red Sox have activated pitcher Rick Porcello from the 15-day disabled list. Porcello will start Wednesday's game against the White Sox. Porcello has been out of action since the end of July due to a triceps strain. Porcello is 5-11 with a 5.81 ERA in 20 starts this year, his first with the Red Sox.

    • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

      Red Sox SP Rick Porcello throws solid rehab start Friday

      Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello looked solid in a Triple-A rehab start on Friday, per MLB.com. Porcello allowed three runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out six batters and threw 81 total pitches. "Command-wise, a little bit off early," PawSox manager Kevin Boles said. "Left some pitches out over the plate. I thought they sped the game up on him, as far as controlling the running game, but he was able to settle in." Porcello is on the disabled list with a triceps strain.

    • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

      SP Rick Porcello slated to join team next Wednesday

      The Red Sox are planning to pitch shelved right-hander Rick Porcello on Friday for Triple-A Pawtucket before he joins the team to start next Wednesday against the host White Sox, per WEEI.com. Porcello has been out for nearly three weeks with a triceps injury. The team hopes the free agent signee with the long and lucrative contract provides some encouragement before the season is over. He has been a huge disappointment with a 5-11 record and 5.81 ERA that ranks among the worst in the majors.

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