Don't Look Now, but Tricky Ricky is Back

By Anthony Guerreso | May 23, 2011
May 22 @ PIT 2-0 8.0 1 0 0 0 2 3 10 11 84 26 81 W(4-2) - 3.08
May 10 @ MIN 10-2 5.0 3 1 1 1 2 1 9 8 83 20 56 W(3-2) - 3.67
May 5 vs NYY 6-3 7.0 8 2 2 0 2 3 11 13 120 29 54 W(2-2) - 3.93
Monthly Totals 20.0 12 3 3 1 6 7 30 32 287 75 3-0 0 sv 1.35
DATE OPPONENT RESULT IP H R ER HR BB SO GB FB Pit BF GSc Dec. Rel. ERA
Apr 30 @ CLE 3-2 7.0 7 2 2 2 1 7 12 7 100 28 61 - - 4.25
Apr 20 @ SEA 3-2 6.2 4 1 1 0 1 6 13 5 95 25 67 W(1-2) - 4.76
Apr 15 @ OAK 8-4 6.0 7 1 1 0 1 4 11 7 103 23 57 - - 6.19

Above our the last 6 starts for tricky Ricky Porcello.  In those starts he’s averaged about 6 and 2/3 innings of work and 1.16 earned runs.  He’s lowered his ERA from the mid 6s all the way to 3.08.  This is a pretty encouraging development for everyone’s favorite bass fishing Detroit Tigers pitcher.  A few short months ago many of us wondered whether 14-9 in 2009 was fools gold.  I hate to once again get ahead of myself but I’m going to declare that this is the real Rick, rather than his 10-12 with a 4.92 ERA 2010.

It’s very easy to forget that Rick is 22 years old and his 28 career wins are far and away the highest total for any pitcher 22 or under.  He’s very close to the top of the list for players 23 or younger as well.   And if at age 24, he wants to hang up his cleats in favor of compact and hair gel, he does a pretty great blue steel…or is that le tigre?



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