Rick Porcello
SP BOS
5 days ago

Porcello gave up seven runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three in six innings Saturday against the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner now sports an ugly 5.05 ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Hopefully his owners were cautious and kept him on the bench against this potent Houston lineup. He lines up to face a less daunting Angels lineup next week.

Rick Porcello
SP BOS
1 week ago

Porcello allowed five runs on 10 hits and one walk across six innings in a no-decision Monday against the Phillies. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

Porcello was done in by a poor first inning in this one, allowing the Phillies to pound out five hits while plating four runs in the opening frame. He bounced back after that point, however, allowing just one more run over the next five innings. While Porcello has done well to post a 1.3 BB/9 over his last nine starts, he has been remarkably hittable during that span, allowing eight or more base hits seven times. With his Cy Young form from a season ago seemingly nowhere to be found, the right-hander will carry a 4.67 ERA to go along with a 1.51 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Astros.

Rick Porcello
SP BOS
2 weeks ago

Porcello enters his start Monday against the Phillies trying to find consistency with with his sinker, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports. "There's been a constant and persistent focus on trying to regain the release and the action to his sinker," manager John Farrell said Sunday. "That's priority No. 1 and has been for him."

EDGE Analysis

Porcello's record is 3-8 with a 4.46 ERA, and his two-seamer has been the main culprit. Seven of 14 home runs allowed and 45 of 104 hits have come off his sinker. Consistency with the two-seamer was something Porcello struggled with when he first arrived in Boston in 2015, but he appeared to solve the problem late that season and during his Cy Young season of 2016. Perhaps facing the Phillies, who average less than four runs per game, can be a trigger to turn around Porcello's season.

Rick Porcello
SP BOS
2 weeks ago

Porcello (3-8) allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out five over 6.1 innings in Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Yankees.

EDGE Analysis

Porcello's eight losses aren't entirely his fault -- Boston's offense has produced zero runs in seven of his last 10 starts and just 3.5 runs per start overall -- but last year's Cy Young Award winner isn't consistently executing his trademark sinker. He's allowed more line-drive contact in 2017 at the expense of ground balls while opposing batters are hitting .406 and slugging .683 with an ISO of .277 off the two-seamer. He enters his next start Monday at home against the Phillies with a league-high 104 hits allowed over 80.2 innings.

Rick Porcello
SP BOS
3 weeks ago

Porcello (3-7) allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five across six innings to take the loss Friday against the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Porcello gave up first-inning homers to Seth Smith and Manny Machado before settling down, but the offense was unable to get him much run support. After a pair of rough outings, he's come back with a pair of quality starts to lower his ERA to 4.24, but unless he puts together a string of strong starts, he'll continue to be a marginal fantasy option. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Yankees.

Rick Porcello
SP BOS
4 weeks ago

Porcello (3-6) allowed two runs on 11 hits while walking one and striking out six over 6.1 innings in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Despite allowing 11 hits in back-to-back outings, Porcello managed to drop his ERA from 4.35 to 4.21. After finishing 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA in 2016 for the AL Cy Young, the right-hander is having a tough go of it this year and is being hit hard. A high BABIP (.370) may be the culprit, because he has a healthy 8.9 K/9 in 68.1 frames. If he can find a way to miss barrels more often, Porcello could turn things around.

Rick Porcello
SP BOS
1 month ago

Porcello (3-5) allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits with no walks across six innings in Tuesday's win over the Rangers. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

Porcello tied his season high for hits allowed, but he scattered the baserunners as well as one could and nearly escaped the seventh with a respectable line in hand, only for two more runs to score with two outs. He struggles seemed to stem from poor location rather than a lack of control, as he went without a walk for the third time in four starts while throwing 69 percent of his pitches for strikes. Porcello hasn't been near the form that landed him the Cy Young award last year, but he has gone at least six innings in eight of 10 starts this season and will look to improve upon his 4.35 ERA in Sunday's start against the Mariners.

Rick Porcello
SP BOS
1 month ago

Porcello allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings in Wednesday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Porcello was able to settle in after giving up runs in each of the first two innings, giving the Red Sox some length before being lifted for a pinch hitter. While he hasn't been bad this season, Porcello hasn't been as dominant as 2016 when he took home the Cy Young swag. His ERA stands at 4.23 after nine starts, and he's given up an MLB-high 66 hits, including 10 home runs, over 55.1 innings. The main difference from last season has been run support. He led the league with 7.6 runs per start last year, but is well down the list in 2017 with just 3.3 per start. His next start comes Tuesday at home against Texas.

Rick Porcello
SP BOS
1 month ago

Porcello (2-5) allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits over six innings in a loss to the Rays on Friday. He struck out seven.

EDGE Analysis

The 28-year-old righty was busy working out of the stretch for most of this game. It was the second subpar outing of Porcello's season against Tampa Bay, yet still goes in the book as a quality start (his fifth in a row). So long as he's not facing the Rays, Porcello remains a substantial fantasy asset with an impressive 52:9 K:BB. He draws a favorable matchup Thursday at Oakland.

Rick Porcello
SP BOS
2 months ago

Porcello (2-4) allowed one run on seven hits while striking out six across seven innings to earn the win Saturday against the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Porcello had no trouble shutting down the Twins bats while the offense provided him an eight-run second inning to give him an easy victory. After starting somewhat slowly in his first three starts of the season, he is now held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in each of his last five appearances to lower his ERA to 3.95. His current run of success should give fantasy owners confidence that he'll earn his draft day value. He'll make his next start Friday against the Rays.