PORCELLO HEADING TO MOST RED SOX LOSSES IN THE LAST 50 YEARS

“Anomaly,” thy name is 2016 Rick Porcello.

Rick Porcello has been a steady back-end of the rotation pitcher since 2009. His lifetime record of 111-96, 1.312 WHIP, and 4.23 ERA speaks volumes.

Last season, everything went Rick’s way going 22-4 and winning the Cy Young Award. But baseball is often a great equalizer and Porcello this season is 4-14, the fifth double-digit loss season of his career. With probably at least 10 starts remaining, Porcello is on his way to topping his 15 loss total from 2015, his first season with Boston, and topping his career high in gopher pitches (he has 25 now and he had 25 in 2015 as well).

The Sox, have presumptive 2017 AL CYA winner Chris Sale pitching like the ace he is, former CYA winner David Price on the DL with a bad arm and a big mouth, and Porcello…and last night they dropped out of first place in the AL East.

It should be an interesting August and September.

Over the last 50 seasons, the Red Sox have had 16 pitchers lose at least 14 games

Porcello is now on the list twice joining Ray Culp.

Red Ruffing holds the Sox record with 25 losses in 1928. He had an ERA of 3.89
Rk Player L Year G GS CG SHO W W-L% IP H R ER BB SO ERA K% BB% HR BA
1 Mike Torrez 16 1980 36 32 6 1 9 .360 207.1 256 124 117 75 97 5.08 10.6% 8.2% 18 .313
2 Ray Culp 16 1971 35 35 12 3 14 .467 242.1 236 108 97 67 151 3.60 14.8% 6.5% 21 .253
3 Rick Porcello 15 2015 28 28 0 0 9 .375 172.0 196 103 94 38 149 4.92 20.2% 5.2% 25 .287
4 Frank Castillo 15 2002 36 23 0 0 6 .286 163.1 174 101 92 58 112 5.07 15.8% 8.2% 19 .274
5 Tim Wakefield 15 1997 35 29 4 2 12 .444 201.1 193 109 95 87 151 4.25 17.4% 10.1% 24 .256
6 Bob Stanley 15 1987 34 20 4 1 4 .211 152.2 198 96 85 42 67 5.01 9.9% 6.2% 17 .321
7 Bill Lee 15 1974 38 37 16 1 17 .531 282.1 320 123 110 67 95 3.51 8.0% 5.6% 25 .290
8 Marty Pattin 15 1973 34 30 11 2 15 .500 219.1 238 112 105 69 119 4.31 12.6% 7.3% 31 .277
9 Rick Porcello 14 2017 22 22 2 0 4 .222 140.1 167 83 71 26 126 4.55 20.7% 4.3% 25 .291
10 Jon Lester 14 2012 33 33 3 0 9 .391 205.1 216 117 110 68 166 4.82 19.0% 7.8% 25 .273
11 Roger Clemens 14 1993 29 29 2 1 11 .440 191.2 175 99 95 67 160 4.46 19.8% 8.3% 17 .244
12 Mike Smithson 14 1989 40 19 1 1 7 .333 143.2 170 84 79 35 61 4.95 9.7% 5.5% 21 .297
13 Dennis Eckersley 14 1980 30 30 8 0 12 .462 197.2 188 101 94 44 121 4.28 14.8% 5.4% 25 .248
14 Luis Tiant 14 1975 35 35 18 2 18 .563 260.0 262 126 116 72 142 4.02 13.2% 6.7% 25 .264
15 Reggie Cleveland 14 1974 41 27 10 0 12 .462 221.1 234 121 106 69 103 4.31 10.7% 7.2% 25 .271
16 Ray Culp 14 1970 33 33 15 1 17 .548 251.1 211 104 85 91 197 3.04 18.6% 8.6% 22 .224
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Generated 7/29/2017.