Porcello seems assured of a spot in the Mets' rotation with Noah Syndergaard lost for the season due to Tommy John surgery. The right-hander was competing with Steven Matz and Michael Wacha for the final two slots, but all three should now begin the season in the rotation. For his part, Porcello was not likely to be the odd man out anyway after posting a 2.53 ERA and 8:1 K:BB through 10.2 innings this spring.
Porcello gave up two hits and a walk over three scoreless innings while striking out four in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. The veteran right-hander has looked good through the early part of the spring, posting a 1.50 ERA and 7:1 K:BB through his first six innings. Despite his rough 2019 campaign with the Red Sox, Porcello remains a favorite to break camp in one of the final two spots in the Mets' rotation.
Porcello gave up a run on two hits and two stolen bases while striking out one in an inning of work Saturday against the Marlins, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports. The right-hander fit right in with his new club in his first Grapefruit League action -- the Mets led all of MLB in steals allowed at 139 last season, 40 more than the second-place Angels. "I saw it today, the running game, they don't really steal bases that much in the American League and you get out there and first pitch with a runner on first and he's gone," Porcello said after the game. "I will start paying attention to that more and be prepared for a little bit of change in the style of play, but the main focus is building that foundation with that delivery and go from there." He threw only 17 pitches and felt like he could have worked another inning, but the Mets elected to hold him back this early in camp. Despite signing a one-year, $10 million contract in the offseason, Porcello isn't necessarily guaranteed one of the final spots in the rotation, but he headed into the spring with a leg up on Michael Wacha for a starting role.
Porcello signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Mets on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The 30-year-old joins a crowded rotation for the Mets, but Porcello and newly acquired Michael Wacha could help fill the void left by Zack Wheeler's departure. Porcello struggled in 2019, posting a 5.53 ERA with just 143 strikeouts over 174.1 innings.
Porcello (14-12) picked up the win in Wednesday's 10-3 rout of the Rangers, giving up three runs on six hits over six innings while striking out eight. It was his second straight quality start and 13th of the season, and while he finished strong, Porcello wraps up 2019 with a career-worst 5.52 ERA and a 143:45 K:BB through 174.1 innings. A free agent in the offseason, the 30-year-old could well find himself in a different uniform next year.
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