Hear me out here. He’s not quite there yet, but Rick Porcello is starting to get back to his Cy Young form from 2016. Take a look at his stats:
When you need a good start, look no further than Rick Porcello. Yes, he’s had some hiccups this season, but for the most part, he’s been masterful. He’s got complete control and confidence of his pitches. His start last night at Houston confirmed this. He went 6.1 innings, allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits, and struck out 5. He made one mistake pitch to George Springer in the bottom of the first allowing a solo homer. But looking at his stats so far, you wouldn’t quite call him a Cy Young candidate yet but he’s well on his way.
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Porcello has a lot of starts left in him to get that ERA down a bit but after seeing him handle the Astros lineup well last night, I have all the confidence in the world in Porcello to turn some heads come the fall. There is also an outside shot he could get all star consideration, but it’s most likely too late for that even though all star voting has recently begun. Now this is the pitcher the Red Sox thought they were getting back in 2014.
What To Do With David Price
If Porcello keeps this up, and the Red Sox make the postseason, the question of David Price comes up. Most teams utilize a 3 man rotation in the postseason. For the Red Sox, you’re going with Chris Sale and Rick Porcello. But who’s number 3? David Price? Steven Wright? Eduardo Rodriguez? With the money they spent on Price, you’d have to imagine they’d go with him. Personally, I’d like to see a combo of Price and E-Rod. Give them each 3, maybe 4 innings in a post season start. But the Red Sox better make Porcello there #2 come post season time.
–Brian Berard (@RockyBerard)