Last season signaled a lot of things for the Boston Red Sox, but for Rick Porcello, it was an obvious fluke.
Porcello was 22-4 last season, led the AL in wins, and won the American League Cy Young Award. Despite having solid numbers last season, 189 strikeouts, 23 homeruns, and 193 hits allowed, he has struggled. It is quite possible that his underwhelming performance in the ALDS carried over into this season. In that postseason start against the Indians, he allowed 5 runs in just 4.1 innings, while taking the loss.
This season, as previously mentioned, he has struggled mightily. The righty has already given up 220 hits, 115 runs, 35 homers, and 167 strikeouts.
He’s 9-17 with a 4.64 ERA.
This questions the playoff rotation as well, as nobody on this staff has won a playoff game.
The question now remains, does he make the playoff roster? There are certainly other question marks, such as Eduardo Rodriguez and David Price, but is Porcello too much of a liability?
One thing is for certain, he must improve down the stretch to instill any sort of confidence in the minds of Red Sox fans, and even the Red Sox front office.