Before Wednesday night, the Red Sox savior Rick Porcello was an unthinkable 13-0 at Fenway in his starts this year. Like I’ve said before, every time he takes the mound, you just expect the team to win. His offense almost always shows up for him, pounding on opposing team’s pitching. Sadly, that wasn’t the case this time around for Slick Rick and company.
Porcello had a shaky first two innings. He struggled to find the plate. His pitches were pretty erratic. A few balls were hit incredibly hard off of him, partly thanks to the wind, but Porcello wasn’t on his game nonetheless. He ended up giving up an absolute rocket to Mark Trumbo in the second inning. That was the only run Porcello gave up the entire night. At one point, Porcello retired sixteen straight batters. Sixteen. How could you lose a game like that, you ask? Let me introduce you to the 2016 Red Sox offense.
One word to describe the Red Sox offense: inconsistent. Just straight up inconsistent. The only exception is when Porcello is on the mound. They average around 8.2 runs per game when he starts. It’s almost automatic for the offense to explode for Porcello. They faced an average pitcher in Kevin Gausman, whom they should have buried. That didn’t happen. The offense got no-hit into the fourth inning, only recording four hits in the game. Nothing infuriates me more than the Red Sox offense. It singlehandedly loses you games.
To blow another fantastic Porcello outing just sucks. He’s been your only consistent starter this year, and you can’t even get one run for him? That’s the storyline for this team, unfortunately. Rick Porcello virtually made one mistake in the second inning that cost the team the game. I’m in no way saying that Porcello lost the game for them, it’s just that it was one little mistake that happened three hours before the end of the game that ended up being fatal.
Porcello in no way deserved to lose that game. Yeah, you win some, you lose some, but against an opponent like Baltimore, this late in the season, and when you control your own playoff destiny, you need to figure this stuff out. Porcello should be 14-0 at home this year, but the Red Sox offense had other plans. We can only pray that they can figure out how to win one-run games, as they’re 0-7 in their last seven one-run games. Not ideal, not ideal at all. Rick Porcello and we, the fans, deserve better.