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Rick Porcello | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (27) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Rick Porcello shut out the Angels for six innings to move to 4-0 on Wednesday.
The Angels loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Porcello rebounded to strike out Kole Calhoun and Zack Cozart to end the threat and he was never in any real danger again. Porcello's four wins in four starts matches his total from the first four months of last year; he opened the season 4-14 before eventually finishing up 11-17. Apr 19 - 1:37 AM

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Rick Porcello allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings Thursday in the Red Sox’s win over the Yankees.

He struck out six while throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Porcello took a no-hitter into the seventh—he lost his perfect game in the fourth by hitting Giancarlo Stanton—before finally yielding a leadoff double to Aaron Judge. It looked like Porcello might be done after a 45-minute rain delay but instead he came back and logged two more innings, helping out a bullpen that was running on fumes after David Price’s abbreviated outing on Wednesday. The former Cy Young winner will take a perfect 3-0 record into his next start Tuesday versus the Angels.
Apr 12 - 11:20 PM

Rick Porcello pitched well in Saturday's victory over the Red Sox, racking up seven strikeouts over 7 1/3 innnings of three-run ball.

The former American League Cy Young Award winner scattered just six hits and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. He gave up a two-run single to Brad Miller in the first inning, then blanked the Rays until Denard Span's RBI single in the eighth. Now 2-0 on the season, he'll carry a 2.84 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into Friday's start against the Orioles.
Apr 7 - 4:01 PM

Rick Porcello surrendered one run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Rays.

Porcello had a reasonable enough pitch count at the time of his exit that he could conceivably have attempted to push through the sixth inning, but manager Alex Cora opted to pull the plug after he put runners on first and third with one out to open the frame. The lone run on his line scored on a sacrifice fly following his departure. Porcello fanned four and walked one on the afternoon. This season, he's looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2017 campaign which saw him go from reigning AL Cy Young winner to holding a dismal 4.65 ERA and 11-17 record by year's end. He'll look to put in a second consecutive respectable start to open the new season when he takes to the Fenway Park mound against these same Rays in his next scheduled outing.
Mar 31 - 9:35 PM

Rick Porcello allowed two earned runs over five innings Monday in an exhibition start against the Cubs.

The defending NL Central champs brought all of their regulars to JetBlue Park, which made for a nice final tuneup for Porcello. He yielded seven hits but struck out three and issued zero walks. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner will start Boston's third regular-season game on March 31 at Tampa Bay. He finished with a disappointing 11-17 record and 4.65 ERA in 2017.
Mar 26 - 8:04 PM

Rick Porcello turned in five innings while allowing two runs in Friday's 4-2 Grapefruit League win over the Twins.

He struck out five, walked two and gave up four base hits -- three of which were doubles. It was a good tune-up for the veteran right-hander, who went 11-17 with a 4.65 ERA in 33 starts in 2017, one year after winning the AL Cy Young with a 22-4 mark and 3.15 ERA in 2016.
Mar 16 - 9:37 PM

Rick Porcello was lit up for four earned runs over four innings Sunday in a Grapefruit League start versus the Orioles.

Porcello surrendered seven hits, including three straight singles to lead off the top of the first inning. The 29-year-old right-hander has typically posted ugly numbers at spring training before emerging just fine in April, though we'd like to see better results over his final handful of Grapefruit League outings given his regular-season struggles in 2017.
Mar 11 - 2:40 PM

Rick Porcello struck out four in two scoreless innings Thursday against the Astros in his spring debut.

Many will be watching Porcello closely this spring, but it's hard to say if there will really be much to see. He's been terrible three of the last four springs, and the worst of all was in 2016, when he went on to win his Cy Young Award. His only good spring came in 2015, when he ended up turning in one of the worst seasons of his career.
Mar 1 - 4:56 PM

Rick Porcello allowed two runs over just three innings Monday to take a no-decision in Monday's ALDS Game 4 loss to the Astros.

It was a struggle for the reigning Cy Young winner from the jump. He was able to escape the first inning having given up just one run even as he allowed four baserunners and a wild pitch. Porcello then permitted four more baserunners in the second and gave up another tally. The righty was able to pitch around a two-out double in the third before the Red Sox turned things over to Chris Sale, who pitched well but ultimately gave up the lead. It ends what was a disappointing season for Porcello.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 05:51:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell announced Sunday that Rick Porcello will start in Game 4 of the ALDS.

The Red Sox don't want to have to push Chris Sale on short rest in Game 4, though he could be available out of the bullpen if the Red Sox fall behind in that contest. Ideally, they'd like to save their star southpaw for a decisive Game 5. So it'll be the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner looking to extend the series for the Red Sox on Monday.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 07:00:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that, "ideally," Rick Porcello would start a potential ALDS Game 4.

It's going to be Porcello on Monday if the Red Sox win Sunday and the righty isn't needed in relief. That sets up Chris Sale to take the ball in a potential Game 5. The reigning American League Cy Young winner pitched a scoreless inning of relief in Game 1. Houston will start Charlie Morton in Game 4 if they don't close things out in Game 3.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 01:49:00 PM

Rick Porcello won Wednesday despite allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays.

Porcello avoided 20 losses by going 2-0 in his final three starts, even though he pitched well in just one of those outings. He's still going to finish as the major league leader with his 17 losses, one year after winning 22 and claiming the Cy Young Award. The whole thing can be written off if he pitches better in October, but it's going to be hard to count on that happening.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 10:40:00 PM

Rick Porcello lasted just four innings and gave up four runs Friday versus the Reds.

It was his shortest outing of the season. Porcello gave up a grand slam to Scooter Gennett in the first inning, but he at least hung in there for the Red Sox to make a comeback later. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner fanned three and walked three in the no-decision. He’s now sitting on a disappointing 4.55 ERA through 32 starts, with an AL-leading 36 homers allowed.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 10:48:00 PM

Rick Porcello allowed one unearned run in 7 1/3 innings to claim a 3-1 win over the Rays on Saturday.

He left the game with a shutout but an inherited runner came around to score an unearned run against the bullpen. Porcello wasn't dominant, striking out just three batters. He allowed five hits and one walk and scattered them out to keep the Rays off the board. Most importantly he kept the ball in the yard, which has been a problem for him this year. He has served up 35 homers -- by far a career high and more than any other pitcher this year. Last year's Cy Young winner improves to 10-17 with a 4.46 ERA through 31 starts. Next up is an interleague road start against the Reds on Friday.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 09:31:00 PM

Rick Porcello gave up two runs in five innings on Sunday in a loss to Tampa Bay.

Porcello was better than his previous start, but that's not saying much considering he gave up seven runs against the Blue Jays on Monday. He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out four. It's the 17th loss of the year for the 2016 Cy Young winner, and his ERA sits at 4.64. He'll get a chance to lower that on Saturday when the Red Sox travel to Tampa Bay.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 05:21:00 PM

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