Detroit Tigers
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Name  Rick Porcello
Born  12/27/1988
Height  6-5
Weight  200
Number  21
Position  SP
Bats  R
Throws  R
Hot7/1/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello threw his second consecutive shutout Tuesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Porcello (11-4) has thrown 24 straight scoreless innings over his last three starts to lower his ERA from 4.03 to 3.12. The right-hander became the third pitcher since 1998 to throw a nine-inning shutout while striking out zero batters on Tuesday.
5/21/2014 11:21:00 AM
Description: Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello expects to pitch Saturday against Texas. SOURCE: Chris Iott,
Insight: His start was pushed back a few days because of soreness in his right side. Porcello has gotten off to a great start, winning seven of his first eight starts with an ERA under three. Detroit's 27-14 record this season is easily the best in the major leagues.
5/19/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello is expected to miss Thursday's scheduled start against Texas due to a sore abdominal on his right side.
Insight: Porcello will likely have his start pushed back, not skipped. He's given up two runs or less in four straight games to lower his ERA to 2.91 and raise his record to 7-1.
Hot5/17/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello held the Red Sox to one run on six hits in eight innings Saturday and is now 7-1 with a 2.91 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.
Insight: Porcello entered the game with a 10.42 ERA in five career starts against Boston and a 10.03 ERA in three starts at Fenway Park, but he put those struggles behind him Saturday. The right-hander pitched very well last year but struggled with men on base and finished with a 4.32 ERA. This year, he's stranded 76 percent of his baserunners.
Hot5/8/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello is now 5-1 after beating Houston Wednesday night.
Insight: Porcello has a 3.49 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP. He's issued just six free passes all season.
4/20/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello was dominant in Sunday's win over the Angels.
Insight: He scattered five hits and one run over seven innings. Porcello (2-1, 3.15 ERA) walked one and struck out four. His next appearance is scheduled for Friday against Minnesota.
4/5/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello allowed just three hits and one earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against the Orioles.
Insight: Porcello left with a 7-1 lead and picked up the win even though Detroit's bullpen made it interesting by allowing five runs in the ninth. Porcello had a career-best 7.22 K/9, a 55.3% ground-ball rate and a 3.53 FIP last season, but his ERA was a mediocre 4.32 due to a .315 BABIP. Even though Jose Iglesias is out, the Tigers' infield defense should be improved this season and will help Porcello have his best season.
9/27/2013 5:47:00 PM
Description: The Tigers have scratched Rick Porcello from Friday's start and instead made him available out of the bullpen.
Insight: Porcello has had his best season overall, going 13-8 with a 4.38 ERA, a 3.56 FIP and a career-high 139 strikeouts, but the team will use him out of the bullpen during the postseason.
9/16/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: Detroit righthander Rick Porcello pitched six innings for his 13th win of the season Monday against Seattle.
Insight: Porcello has done well since his nine-run meltdown against Boston at the start of the month (2-0, 1.20 ERA in his last two starts). Still, he's unlikely to crack the Tigers' postseason starting rotation.
7/11/2013 5:38:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello's suspension for hitting Ben Zobrist in June has been reduced from six to five games.
Insight: Porcello has a career-best K/9 of 7.25 and a career-low 1.72 BB/9, but his ERA is 4.80 since he has stranded just 65.4 percent of his baserunners. He'll return to the rotation after the All-Star break.
7/5/2013 10:18:00 PM
Description: Rick Porcello went seven shutout innings on Friday night, yielding five hits, to pick up the victory, his fifth.
Insight: Porcello is the definition of inconsistent. Over his last six games he's yielded one run or less three times and six runs or more twice. The seven scoreless innings brings his ERA down to 4.82.
5/29/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Even after three-hitting the Pirates and striking out 11 over eight scoreless innings Tuesday night, Tigers starter Rick Porcello's ERA sits at 5.29.
Insight: Porcello entered the start with a 6.28 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 43 innings. He shouldn't be owned in any leagues.
4/20/2013 8:54:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello allowed nine hits and nine earned runs in the first inning Saturday against the Angels and was pulled after getting just two outs.
Insight: There's absolutely no reason to own Porcello. He has a career K/9 under 5.0 and hasn't posted an ERA below 4.59 since 2009.
3/18/2013 11:29:00 AM
Description: Detroit SP Rick Porcello still hasn't been traded due to a high asking price and it appears he'll be the No. 5 starter heading into Opening Day.
Insight: Porcello has talent, but hasn't cracked the 4.50 ERA mark since his rookie season. With the Tigers' offense he could still win 12-14 games, but he's going to hurt your ERA and WHIP and his career 5.0 Ks per nine innings is nothing to write home about. Fantasy owners should seek starting pitching help elsewhere.
3/6/2013 4:37:00 PM
Description: Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Wednesday that he doesn't think using Rick Porcello as a closer is a "far-out idea" but also said it is "highly unlikely." SOURCE: Jason Beck,
Insight: Leyland mentioned Tuesday that Porcello at closer is "not necessarily a wild thought" but it seems like Porcello is more likely to be a long reliever in Detroit's bullpen. With Bruce Rondon struggling with his control, look for the Tigers to either trade for a closer or use some combination of Joaquin Benoit, Phil Coke and Octavio Dotel.
12/15/2012 9:12:00 PM
Description: Danny Knobler from CBS Sports reports the Angels have been in contact with Detroit about trading for righthander Rick Porcello.
Insight: Now that the Tigers have re-signed Anibal Sanchez, they'll need to kick one of their other starters to the curb and it seems like Porcello (10-12, 4.59 ERA in 2012) is the one most likely to go. Pittsburgh and San Diego have also inquired about the 23-year-old.
7/21/2012 6:26:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello held the White Sox to one run on five hits in eight innings Saturday.
Insight: Porcello (7-5, 4.40) doesn't follow any discernable pattern with his starts. You never know what you're going to get from the right-hander, as he can get bombed against a poor offense like Minnesota in one start and shut down one of the best hitting clubs like Texas in another. He's really an "own at your own risk" player at this point.
7/5/2012 4:18:00 PM
Description: Tigers starter Rick Porcello didn't make it out of the fourth inning Thursday against Minnesota. Porcello allowed 12 hits but was able to hold the Twins to three runs.
Insight: Porcello came in having allowed three runs on 20 hits in his last 20 innings. If you own the Tigers right-hander, you know what to expect by now. He gives up a ton of hits (128 in 96 2/3 innings), doesn't walk many batters and you really don't know what to expect from start to start.
5/6/2012 4:17:00 PM
Description: Rick Porcello tossed 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball against the White Sox on Sunday, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out five to pick up his third win of the year.
Insight: Porcello came into the season with a 2-4 career record and 6.91 ERA in seven starts against the White Sox, but he's 2-0 with two runs allowed in two starts against them this season.
5/6/2012 11:34:00 AM
Description: Rick Porcello is 3-4 with a 6.02 ERA in eight career starts against the White Sox.
Insight: The RHP hasn't pitched as poorly as his 5.64 ERA indicates, as he gave up eight runs on 10 hits in one inning of work against Texas on April 21. In his other four turns this year, his ERA stands at 3.38 with a WHIP of 0.99. Though he's struggled against the White Sox in his career, he did beat Chicago on April 15, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing one run on five hits. If you do roll with Porcello on Sunday, just be aware of his history against Chicago and temper your expectations.