Last year, he won the AL Cy Young award. This year? Completely different story.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello has had a rough go of it so far in 2017. Through 14 starts, he’s just 3-8 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.51 WHIP.
Out of 41 qualifiers in the American League, Porcello’s ERA ranks 28th and his WHIP ranks 36th. In addition, his .310 BAA is fourth worst (38th).
Not exactly what Red Sox fans were expecting from the 6’5” sinkerballer after going 22-4 last year (led majors in wins) and winning his first ever Cy Young award.
The amount of hits Porcello has given up is particularly alarming. In nine of his 14 starts, he’s given up at least eight hits—including his last seven in a row (66 combined).
His 114 total hits allowed currently ranks tops in the majors.
So what’s the deal with Rick Porcello?
Known for his ground ball inducing ability, it simply hasn’t been the same this year—his GO/AO (ground out to air out) ratio is a career low 0.77 right now (1.38 career).
This helps to explain the struggles his sinker has given him. Through his first 13 starts, 45 of his 104 hits allowed came off his signature pitch, as well as seven of his 14 dingers allowed.
Fenway Park has also not been kind to Porcello. In eight starts at home, he has a 5.40 ERA. A huge step back from last season when he posted a 2.97 mark there in 16 starts.
Opponents are hitting .316 against him this year at Fenway, compared to .241 last year.
This season simply hasn’t seen Porcello meet expectations. Could his poor run support be playing a factor? After all, in eight of his 14 starts, his team has failed to score a run while he has been in the game (five of them at home). That can definitely start to get in a pitcher’s head and put pressure on him to be flawless.
Don’t forget—Porcello had the highest run support in the majors last year, receiving 7.6 runs per game.
Despite Porcello’s struggles this year, the Red Sox are still just two games behind the Yankees in the AL East with a 37-28 record. They’re also up 3.5 games to the second Wild Card team (Tampa Bay).
No reason to be concerned if you’re a Red Sox fan. If you have the reigning Cy Young winner who’s just 3-8, and you are where you currently are in the standings, I’d say you’re in a pretty good spot. Porcello’s a veteran and his mediocre year is something, you’d think, he’s currently working on to fix.
He still has more than half a season to turn this around. He’ll be fine.
If the Red Sox were scoring more runs for the guy, maybe things would be different. But who knows? Remember when teammate Chris Sale was getting NO run support and dominating early in the season? He’s gotten way more support lately, and he’s come back down to earth as a result.
Maybe some pitchers just pitch differently depending on how many runs their team scores for them.
The next start for Porcello will be Saturday at Houston. In two career starts against the Astros (once in 2013 and 2014), he’s 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA.
Red Sox Take Game 2 in 2018 MLB World Series
Last night in the 2018 MLB World Series, it was game 2 between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. After 9 1/2 innings, the Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2.
it was David Price (BOS) going up against Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD) on the pitching mound.
In six innings of the world series, David Price had an ERA of 3.00 with 3 hits and 2 runs and zero home runs.
On the LA Dodgers side, Hyun-Jin Ryu was the pitcher for the Dodgers. He only lasted 4.2 innings with 6 hits and 4 runs but zero home runs.
Game 3 is set for Friday, October 26, 2018 at 8:06 on Fox
Yankees, Red Sox Negotiating London 2-Game Series
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game series in London in June 2019, according to Bloomberg’s Janet Perkins and Scott Soshnick.
Reportedly the games will be held at London Stadium, which played host to several events at the 2012 Summer Olympics, if a deal is made official.
The stadium can hold up to 65,000 fans for sporting events and if a deal is made official it will continue MLB’s trend of playing regular season games in other countries such as Japan, Mexico, Australia and Puerto Rico over the years.
The Yankees and Red Sox are easily among the top MLB franchises in terms of global recognition and their storied rivalry and rosters of elite players will be an easy draw for the series as MLB looks to penetrate the European market.
It could also present quite the online betting opportunity for both US and European betting sites, especially as the series kicks off. When it does, this LVbet bonus code could come in handy, especially if it will be the first time you try your hand at something like this.
“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make,” Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.
Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics. MLB has not played any games in Europe before, however, the Red Sox have played overseas in the past, including to Japan before the 2008 season.
“It’s a shorter trip than to California, right?” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone, who has never been to London, commented. “Let’s get the royal family out there. Maybe the queen can make an appearance.”
“It’s following the leader — the N.F.L.,” said Allen Adamson, a branding expert and an adjunct professor at N.Y.U. “It’s good for the Yankees, it’s good for Boston, and an attempt to inject some topspin into the sport, but I don’t think it mitigates the need to revitalize baseball in the United States.”
Adamson added: “It would be more interesting to play in Havana.”
The Yankees are in a business partnership with Manchester City F.C, so they are very familiar with the European sports landscape and the audience, and fans, that attend events across the pond.
MLB is trying to follow in the NFL’s footsteps, as both are chasing the NBA who have spearheaded the efforts to globalize their game.
The Waiting Game Continues For The Red Sox And JD Martinez
The Boston Red Sox haven’t made any significant roster moves this offseason with Spring Training less than a month away. Sure, they’ve revamped their coaching staff and have a new manager, but as far as players go? No new names; essentially the same roster as 2017.
A good way to describe Boston’s offseason would be the sound of crickets chirping.
However, things could change at any moment for the Red Sox and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. He’s waited this long; he can wait a little longer. Everyone knows that there’s only one man Dombrowski’s after; and that is- of course- free agent slugger JD Martinez.
According to ESPN’s Buster Olney this afternoon, the Red Sox have offered Martinez a deal “in the range” of five years at $100 million.
Source: Boston's offer to J.D. Martinez is in the range of five years, $100 million.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 17, 2018
At the start of the offseason, Martinez’s asking price was reportedly in the range of $200 million; Boston’s offer is half of that.
Boston needs a power bat in their lineup, and Martinez fills that void. The Red Sox finished fourth-to-last in the majors and last in the American League with 168 homers in 2017, a year that saw MLB set a new record with 6,105 dingers; it was also the first time since 1993 that the Red Sox finished last in the AL in homers. A total power outage!
Long story short, Dombrowski needs to acquire Martinez. Considering he’s yet to make a move to respond to the New York Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure is starting to build up for Dombrowski to show Martinez the money.
Martinez, 30, recently said he’s willing to wait until Spring Training to sign a deal with a new club.
The 6’3” Martinez bashed 45 homers in just 432 at-bats in 2017- one every less than 10 at-bats to go along with 104 RBIs. Not even a full season! His slash line was .303/.376/.690 split between the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks. Had Martinez finished with enough plate appearances to qualify, he all but certainly would’ve finished first in MLB in slugging percentage and OPS.
Those type of numbers in a contract year? Nothing but basic economics; that’s how you get PAID!
If Dombrowski doesn’t land Martinez- and assuming no blockbuster trade will be made before the season starts- it will be a wasted offseason for the Red Sox. They’ll have the same mediocre lineup which isn’t good enough to win in October. There will be no Stanton, no Carlos Santana, or no Eric Hosmer for that matter. Those three weren’t good enough for Dombrowski this offseason, and so Martinez is what’s left- not counting other current free agents like Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Todd Frazier- none of whom are on Dombrowski’s radar.
The time is now for Dombrowski to make a move. And by move, I mean sign Martinez. He’s in the prime of his career, made for Fenway Park, and made to give a lackluster Red Sox offense a spark that it so badly needs.
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