Rick Porcello Poised To Kick Off Red Sox Postseason On Right Foot
Well, here we are. 162 games are in the books and now that the dust is settled, the Boston Red Sox will open up their 2016 postseason campaign in Cleveland on Thursday night. The AL East Champions will send Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello to the mound to face the Tribe and starter Trevor Bauer.
Rick Porcello showed Boston and the entire country his worth this season posting career-best numbers across the board and at times single handily carrying the Boston team on his back. The finesse right-hander posted a staggering 22-4 record with a 3.15 ERA, 189 strikeouts, 5.91 K/BB ratio and a 1.009 WHIP over 233 innings this season. Porcello also heads into October with a new piece of hardware, winning the AL Pitcher of the month award for September after he went 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 37 K’s and a 0.88 WHIP over 43.1 innings in the month.
Porcello has been a rock of consistency throughout the season, he finished 2016 with 18 consecutive starts of at least 6 innings pitched and a whopping 13 straight quality starts to boot. I’m usually not one to rub it in everyone’s face, but I told you so. Porcello resurrected himself in the second half of 2015 when he was finally healthy and showed just what kind of pitcher he is. While many were questioning the trade and especially the contract extension, I was advocating on behalf of the 27-year-old. He’s proved to be a wise acquisition by former General Manager Ben Cherington and his four-year, $82.5 million deal is a bargain for a guy who very well should capture the American League Cy Young Award.
Back to the game at hand, Porcello when asked about what pitching Game 1 meant to him said, “I mean, it would mean I’m pitching Game 1 of the playoffs. I want to go out there and get us a win. That’s what it would mean to me. Whatever it is, it’s a big game. I’m looking forward to the opportunity and having a good start for us.”
Porcello is also no stranger to facing the Indians, as he’s made 22 career starts against the Tribe from his time with Detroit and now Boston. The right-hander is 10-4 with a 3.35 ERA over those starts, and is 5-3 with a 2.84 ERA over 12 career starts at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Thursday night it all gets underway for Boston, and I’m sure Manager John Farrell would like nothing more than to hand the ball off to David Price in Game 2 with a 1-0 series lead after a superb outing from Porcello.
It’s time for October baseball, ladies and gentlemen. Buckle up, it’s going to be an amazing ride.
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