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22 Rick Porcello SP

Boston Red Sox

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
50%31%
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
172.09-1504.9214938
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2014DET15133.4332313300204.22118978181841129
2015BOS9154.9228280000172.019610394252538149

Player Updates

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Hard to see big improvement for Rick Porcello
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

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 Boston 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.

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Red Sox's Rick Porcello: Looking to build off good finish
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

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 had 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, according to Brooks Baseball.

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Red Sox SP Rick Porcello settles down after shaky start in win over Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Boston 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.

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Red Sox SP Rick Porcello strikes out eight in loss Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

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.

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Red Sox SP Rick Porcello allows six runs in loss Friday
by Rotowire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

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.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Starting Pitchers 124 112 16.90
Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs LHB 89.100 5.2402176
vs RHB 75.200 4.7601666
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
9/1NYY0108.051113
9/7TOR1007.18324
9/12@TB1007.05338
9/18@TOR0106.08524
9/23TB0107.011218
9/29@NYY1008.06418
10/4@CLE0107.010217
Two Week Schedule
APRIL
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
3
4
@Cle
4:10 pm
5
6
@Cle
6:10 pm
7
@Cle
6:10 pm
8
@Tor
7:07 pm
9
@Tor
1:07 pm
10
@Tor
1:07 pm
11
Balt
2:05 pm
12
Balt
7:10 pm
13
Balt
7:10 pm
14
15
Tor
7:10 pm
16
Tor
4:05 pm
= probable start
Fantasy Points by Week
7

18

9

28

26

27

-8

2

17

-1

-2

10

-12

19

3

21

-15

0
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28

21

45

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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2009DET149 3.9631310000 170.217681752335289
2010DET1012 4.9227270000 162.218896891873884
2011DET149 4.7531310000 182.02101039618846104
2012DET1012 4.5931310000 176.12261019016644107
2013DET138 4.3232291000 177.0185878518342142
2014DET1513 3.4332313300 204.2211897818441129
2015BOS915 4.9228280000 172.019610394251038149
2016BOS00 ---000000******0000000
Total 8578 4.3921220843001245.1139266060713641301804
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2009DET31502020100 .400 .400 .400
2010DET27100000100 .000 .000 .000
2011DET31601000300 .167 .167 .167
2012DET31200000100 .000 .000 .000
2013DET32301000000 .333 .333 .333
2014DET32400000200 .000 .000 .000
2015BOS28200000200 .000 .000 .000
Total 21223040201000 .174 .174 .174
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2009DETP313138112521 .947
2010DETP27272591513 .960
2011DETP313138152124 .947
2012DETP313147123050 .894
2013DETP322937152112 .973
2014DETP323139181742 .897
2015BOSP282832101933 .906
Total  212208256901481815 .930
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2009DET0253147 1.8882116 .267720 12.2 .4160
2010DET2221162 1.481050311 .288700 12.9 .4190
2011DET1245171 1.571640012 .292784 13.1 .4350
2012DET3254146 1.88185106 .310783 14.1 .4550
2013DET4229135 1.84125216 .270736 11.7 .3950
2014DET4259196 1.4777000 .268840 11.3 .4060
2015BOS0189155 1.351851112 .287737 12.8 .4550
2016BOS000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
Total 1416501112 1.6389335653 .2835300 12.5 .4260
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2011DET01 4.80420000 15.0159802212
2012DET00 0.00200000 1.10000001
2013DET01 ---200000 0.03100000
Total 02 4.41820000 16.11810802213
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2008 A-Lakeland86 2.662424000125.011651377113372
2010AAA-Toledo Mud Hens12 3.2144000 28.0241110011019
2015ASX-Lowell Spinners00 0.0011000 3.23000011
2015AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox00 4.7611000 5.23331106
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-5/200
Birthdate:
12/27/1988
Age:
27
Hometown:
Morristown, NJ
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Boston Red Sox
College:

MLB Experience:
7
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