Rick Porcello is locked in for the Boston Red Sox. He just turned in the best pitching performance of the season for the Red Sox through the first month of the season, and that’s saying something. Boston, now with a 10-2 record and a series victory over the rival Yankees has dominated opposing lineups and 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner has looked like his old-self commanding the zone, throwing strikes and producing out-after-out.
Porcello is locked in through his first three starts of the season with a 1.83 ERA over his first 19 2/3 innings to begin the campaign to go with a 3-0 record and 17 K’s. Porcello carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning through a rain delay at rainy Fenway before Aaron Judge uncorked the Yankees first hit with a rocket over the head of Jackie Bradley Jr. to center. Porcello had everything working tonight, his two-seamer was hitting its spots generating ground ball outs and he was perfectly commanding and placing his changeup to yield swing-and-misses. It was a sight to behold on Thursday night.
Not often do you witness a pitcher hit his spots through an entire outing without making a single mistake, Red Sox fans witnesed that tonight as he kept the Bronx Bombers at bay and Boston picked up the series win as they get set to take on Baltimore at home in a four-game set. Credit pitching coach Dana LeVangie who worked with Porcello in the past as his bullpen coach, the two really hit it off this spring and Porcello was confident in his ability to repeat the success of the 2016 season commanding the zone and pitching deep into games.
If you’re surprised at Porcello’s success out of the gates, you clearly haven’t been following me on social media and thrrough this very website as I’m probably the biggeest Rick Porcello advocate there is. I believe in who he is as a person, as a pitcher, and he’s a damn good one. The redemption tour is just getting started, hop along for a great ride. (https://thesporttank.com/2018/02/15/rick-porcello-redemption-tour-part-two/)
Alex Cora‘s got the boys playing inspired baseball and he’s had some great performances from his pitching staff, including three great starts and wins for Mr. Porcello. He’s in Cy Young form and on his way to another 20-plus win season.
For all you Porcello-haters, you know where to find me: @FrankBostonTank