Manager Alex Cora said Porcello will start Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Friday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Porcello will get the ball for Game 3 after Nathan Eovaldi was used in relief during each of the first two games of the series. The right-hander owns a 4.22 ERA and 6:1 K:BB through four postseason appearances (two starts, 10.2 innings). In his most recent start, Porcello was tagged for four runs on seven hits -- including a pair of homers -- in four innings against the Astros in the ALCS.
Porcello gave up four runs on seven hits with one walk over four innings in a no-decision against the Astros in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. He struck out three. Porcello worked in and out of trouble through his four innings, but ultimately two long balls from George Springer and Tony Kemp sealed his fate in Game 4. The right-hander allowed one run, no walks and five hits in his first three appearances of the postseason, but this outing raised his ERA in the playoffs to 7.20.
Porcello will start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Astros on Wednesday, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports. Porcello will get the ball for Game 4 after firing a scoreless inning of relief during Boston's victory over Houston in Game 2. In his only start this postseason, the right-hander held the Yankees to just one run through five innings en route to the win in Game 4 of the ALDS.
Porcello will make his next start in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Yankees, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Porcello was originally in line to start Game 3 on Monday night, but the Red Sox will instead give him an extra day to rest after appearing in relief in Game 1. Nathan Eovaldi will take the hill Monday, leaving Porcello to face off with CC Sabathia on Tuesday to either clinch the series or avoid elimination from the playoffs.
Porcello allowed no hits and a walk in two scoreless innings during Sunday's 10-2 win over the Yankees. He struck out two and did not factor in the decision. Porcello didn't have great command as only 22 of his 40 pitches were for strikes, but he wasn't in the game long enough to cause any issues. The Red Sox used seven relievers to finish the game, each throwing a single inning. The 29-year-old finishes the regular season with a 4.28 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 190:48 K:BB over 191.1 innings.
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