Boston Red Sox fans might not want to read this, but right-hander Rick Porcello is getting another start before the All-Star break. The Chester native will take the mound Wednesday in Boston against Miami, trying to end a painful stretch.
Porcello lasted only two innings in Toronto on Canada Day, giving up seven runs — including three homers — in his shortest start since April 20, 2013. His ERA has ballooned to 6.08, 97th out of 98 Major League starters. He’ll have a week off between starts, missing a visit by the New York Yankees.
“At Comerica Park (in Detroit), you’re down 2-0 in the count, you throw a fastball down and away, the guy hits it 410 feet to center field and it’s an out. In these parks, it’s a home run,” Porcello told the Boston Herald. “It’s different in the Central. That’s just being realistic about it. Everything I’ve been doing this year has kind of been an adjustment.”
Porcello’s two-seam fastball isn’t sinking, and he hasn’t earned a victory in six weeks, which makes his $82.5 million, four-year contract extension seem like a particular poor choice by Boston management. But he might get help in the form of veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, who returned from the disabled list Thursday. Hanigan and Porcello met to go over video, and the duo are going to “game plan a little different and execute.”