Rick Porcello went the distance last night for his 21st victory of the season, and he only needed 89 pitches (65 for strikes) to do it--the fewest thrown by any MLB pitcher this year in a nine-inning complete game. Porcello didn't walk a batter and he had just one three-ball count. It was his 11th consecutive start in which he lasted at least seven innings and surrendered three or fewer earned runs. Only two Red Sox players have ever done that before:
Longest streak of 7+ IP, 3 or fewer runs - Red Sox— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 20, 2016
Rick Porcello 2016
Pedro Martínez 2000
Cy Young 1904
11 starts each
strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.0). He's tied for second behind teammate David Price in innings pitched (210.2) and has surrendered a total of just 29 walks through his 31 starts (73 AL pitchers have walked more batters than he has). Porcello is also third in ERA (3.08) and ninth in strikeouts (174).
With only two starts remaining, the Cy Young is his to lose, even if Zach Britton never blows a save this year (currently 45-for-45). Up from 71 percent last week, the Porcellometer now stands at 84 percent.
Plus, you can't help but love the reaction yesterday when Manny Machado accused Porcello of throwing at him with a 2-0 lead, a perfect game going and Mark Trumbo, who's 43 homers lead the majors, on deck (parental advisory, explicit language):
"Why would I wanna hit you with that motherfucker coming up? Use your fucking head." https://t.co/710ugdAy61— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) September 20, 2016