Rick Porcello SP BOS 3 days ago

Porcello (7-2) allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over 5.2 innings to earn the win Sunday against the Indians.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Porcello gave up a pair of runs in the second inning, but settled down and held the Indians scoreless until his departure in the sixth. This was the first time in his last four starts that he held an opponent to fewer than three runs, and he lowered his ERA to 3.47. He'll make his next start Saturday at the Blue Jays.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 1 week ago

Porcello (6-2) allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts over five innings in Tuesday's loss to Kansas City.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Porcello had posted six consecutive quality starts since allowing four runs over six innings in his season debut before the Royals snapped his streak Tuesday. This marks Porcello's first start with fewer than five strikeouts, understandably coming against the contact-oriented Royals. Porcello still has 46 strikeouts in 46.1 innings. That 8.9 K/9 is the main driver behind his 3.11 ERA, both of which would be career highs should he maintain them.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 1 week ago

Porcello, whose start Monday was rained out, will now pitch Tuesday in Kansas City, Mass Live reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Porcello, who was 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA last year in his first season in Boston, has turned around the area perception of him with some good work early in 2016. He's been susceptible to the long ball -- six homers in 46.1 innings, 1.2 HR/9 -- but has been able to limit the damage. He's also enjoying 6.29 runs per start, tied for eighth in MLB.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 2 weeks ago

Porcello improved to 6-1 with 6.2 solid innings Wednesday against Oakland, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Red Sox supported him with 13 runs, plenty more than he needed as he put together his sixth consecutive quality start. Now in the eighth year of his MLB career, the 27-year-old Porcello finally looks like he's turned the corner and grown into the pitcher he was hyped to become as a prospect. He's striking out nearly a batter per inning, by far a career-best mark, and is limiting the free passes effectively. Some strand-rate regression should bring his ERA up a bit, but after all these years, fantasy owners have reached the point where owning Porcello is a pleasure rather than cause for heartburn.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 3 weeks ago

Porcello allowed three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five over seven innings of a 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Porcello (5-1) was locked in a 2-2 duel with Michael Pineda before serving up a seventh inning solo home run to Aaron Hicks that would prove to be the difference. With five wins, a much improved strikeout rate, and a very solid 2.95 ERA, Porcello may finally be living up to the hype that has been a constant companion since he came up with the Tigers a few years ago. He'll take on Oakland at Fenway Park in his next scheduled start.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 4 weeks ago

Porcello (5-0) shuts down the Yankees, allowing no runs on five hits over seven innings Saturday. He also struck out six and walked one.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's now thrown 13.1 straight scoreless frames over his last two appearances. The scoreless streak has dropped his ERA to 2.76 and WHIP to 0.92. He has 12 strikeouts and three walks in those starts. Even in his nightmarish 2015 season, Porcello had decent strikeout numbers, but they are better this season. He owns rates of 10.5 K/9 and 6.00 K/BB through 32.2 innings. His next scheduled start is Friday against the same Yankees.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 1 month ago

Porcello (4-0) stayed undefeated on Monday, shutting out the Braves over 6.1 innings. He allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out six.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Porcello had been good, but not great, before Monday's start, but now has lowered his ERA to 3.51 and his WHIP down to 0.94. After a nightmarish 2015, Porcello has new life in 2016, striking out batters at the best clip of his career. He'll look to keep up the strong start when he takes the mound Saturday against the rival Yankees.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 1 month ago

Porcello allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings of work and picked up the win in Wednesday's 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He held the Rays scoreless through five innings, but gave up two runs in the sixth, including a Corey Dickerson home run. Porcello's ERA remains above four, but the right-hander has three straight wins to start the season. The wins are good, but owners need to temper expectations for Porcello. He's been hit hard in his three starts, allowing a total of 10 runs and five long balls.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 1 month ago

Porcello allowed three runs on two hits, walking one and striking out eight over 6.1 innings of a 5-3 win over Toronto on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Porcello (2-0, 5.19 ERA) kept the always-dangerous Blue Jays in check - well, other than Edwin Encarnacion who had all three Toronto hits including a pair of home runs. He needed 100 pitches (60 strikes) to pitch into the seventh inning, so he wasn't overly efficient, still his fantasy owners have to like the strikeouts and the relatively useful outing against a very potent lineup.

Rick Porcello SP BOS 2 months ago

Porcello won his first start of the season, allowing four runs on seven hits (two homers) and a walk while striking out seven in six innings against Toronto on Saturday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The first three innings brought back memories of Porcello's disappointing 2015 season when he surrendered 25 long balls in 172 innings (1.3 per nine innings). The right-hander gave up first-inning runs -- a two-run homer by Jose Bautista -- then, after being given the lead in the third, gave it up on another two-run shot by Bautista the next half inning. He settled in after that, shutting down the high-powered Blue Jays offense over the final three innings.