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Red Sox Talk: Houston We Have A Problem With Rick Porcello

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Red Sox Talk: Houston We Have A Problem With Reigning AL Cy Young Winner Rick Porcello After He Turns In Another Poor Performance.

The Boston Red Sox took on the Houston Astros on Saturday night with reigning Cy Young winner Rick Porcello going for Boston.

Porcello was clobbered right out of the gate giving up three runs in the first inning and then giving up another three runs in the third inning. Porcello’s night ended after 6 innings of work giving up 7 runs on 10 hits, striking out three, and walking one batter.

Porcello’s ERA climbs to 5.05 and his record drops to 3-9 on the season with the reigning CY Young winner not finding his bearings in 2017. Porcello hasn’t won a game since May 23rd against the Texas Rangers and he has given up 5 or more earned runs in three straight starts.

Finding out what is wrong with Porcello is not easy to do when looking at his advanced statistics.

On the right-hand side is his heat maps, the top one being from his 2016 Cy Young campaign and the lower one being from this season. The heat zones have similar marks, his misses are also consistent. The largest noticeable difference in his heat maps are that he is throwing slightly more balls in the middle of the strikezone.

2016 Porcello had a 3.15 ERA, 7.63 k/9, 1.29 bb/9, .230 BAA, and 74.3% LOB 1.01 WHIP.

In 2017 Porcello has a 5.05 ERA, 8.52 k/9, 1.77 bb/9, .310 BAA, and 69.4% LOB 1.51 WHIP.

Based on these basic pitching statistics you can see Porcello’s strikeouts per nine

are up this season which is generally considered a good thing. But Porcello’s walks are up and he is allowing more runs to score when their are players on base. A 6% change in LOB might not seem like much, but his career number is 70.1%.

In 2016 Porcello gave up 23 home runs in 33 games started. So far in 2017 he has given up 16 home runs in 15 games started. At this rate Porcello will exceed last years home run total in 7 starts or so.

Home run totals can be deceiving though, so let’s take a look at his HR/FB.

HR/FB = (Total Home Runs Allowed / Fly Balls Allowed)*100

HR/FB is very important because it offers insight into how “lucky or unlucky” a pitcher’s home run rate might be.

In 2016 Porcello’s rate was 9.3% which was his best season in the majors. In 2017 Porcello’s rate is over 13% after giving up two home-runs to the Astros. His career rate is 11% and in 2015 it was a career high 14.5%. For a comparison Chris Sale‘s 2017 HR/FB is 6.7%.

While the home-run ball has been a burden for Porcello, it does not explain everything that has gone wrong with him. His main issues has been his sinker ball which was key to his success in 2016.

“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.”

Despite his struggles in 2017 and his inability to use his sinker, there is no time or ability for the Boston Red Sox to give Porcello a breather. Boston has had injuries to Eduardo Rodriguez and others paired with general inconsistencies out of their rotation as a whole.

“There are no alternatives.”- Farrell

 

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night

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Pawtucket Red Sox To Host Kyrie Irving Night At McCoy Stadium

The biggest headline in sports today is the trade of Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics. For the Pawtucket Red Sox, they saw this move as an opportunity.

On Thursday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket Rhode Island, the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be hosting a Kyrie Irving night.

Here are some the highlights of the night at McCoy.

  • Any fan wearing the color green or Celtics apparel will receive free general admission to the 7:05 game.
  • There will be a grand price revolving around Irving’s new number 11
  • PawSox store to have Celtics themed apparel.
  • Pregame dunk tank with Cleveland Cavaliers fan in tank wearing LeBron James jersey
  • Double the admission price for any fans by the name of LeBron, Draymond, Steph, Lonzo, or Kevin Love/Durant.

For the full info from the team check out the tweet by Mike Monaco below.

Kudos to the PawSox for capitalizing on a golden opportunity.

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Red Sox Continue To Be Cryptic On David Price

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Red Sox Continue To Be Cryptic On David Price

The Boston Red Sox have been very cryptic on the status of pitcher David Price. Price has been on the DL for quite some time now after initially shrugging the injury off claiming it wasn’t anything serious.

But in the last couple of weeks the Red Sox and John Farrell, in particular, have been very secretive and unsure of his status. The issue is, the opportunity for a rehab start isn’t looking realistic. Price has yet to throw off a mound and with the minor league seasons starting to close in the coming weeks, Price’s season may be done.

Farrell made a comment ahead of Wednesday nights game with the Indians where he claims he is being “realistic”.

I don’t know if I was pessimistic. I think I was just being realistic with that he was currently involved in when you realistically look at the calender and then what the progression is needed to get back to that. I’m not ruling it out, but I think at the same time being realistic.

“Untill he gets on a mound, that’s when we’ll start to get a better idea of connecting to the end date”.

Price remains on the 10-day-dl which he was placed on July 28th with left elbow inflammation. He has been able to throw off of flat ground, but the mound is still an obstacle he has yet to face.

Price has a 3.82 ERA in 11 starts for Boston this season with 66 innings pitched. Right now, it is fair to question why the Boston Red Sox and Price didn’t opt for Tommy John Surgery when this issue first kicked up back in Spring Training.

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Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

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Pawtucket Red Sox Lose 6-2 To Bisons Despite Good Start By Elias

The Pawtucket Red Sox dropped game 2 of their 4 game series with the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night 6-2 at McCoy Stadium. There were 6,502 fans at McCoy Stadium tonight.

Roenis Elias Pitched much better then what his pitching line showed. He gave up 4 runs in 7 innings, but it should have only been 2 run. Elias was also pretty close to doing something that Craig Kimbrel and Rick Porcello have done this season.

The Paw Sox saw all of their offense from a two run home run from Matt Dominguez in the 4th inning. It was a home run that barley got out of the park.

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