Rick Porcello pitched another gem for the Red Sox last night, pitching a shutout through 6.1 innings, giving up only 4 hits. With that performance, Porcello has improved his record to an impressive 12-2, and lowered his ERA to a respectable 3.47. If the Red Sox right hander continues this trend of good pitching, could he be considered a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award?
I personally think there is no chance that anyone other than Chris Sale is going to win the award, but being inside the top 10 isn't out of the question for Porcello. Sale has a 14-3 record, a 3.18 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Sale has been nothing but dominant from the beginning of the season, and even those numbers don't do his performance justice.
Given that Sale is most likely the favorite to win, Porcello isn't too far behind with his numbers. The Red Sox were a perfect 9-0 before last night's game, and Porcello took the mound and shutout the best team in the National League.
Porcello has quietly had a very good season, overshadowed a bit by the dominance of Wright and struggles of Price. He is top 15 in the AL in ERA, and tied for 3rd with the Orioles' Chris Tillman for wins at 12. His contract has been a controversial issue since he signed for $20+ million a year, but he is certainly living up to that contract with these performances.
So, is Rick Porcello a possible candidate to win the Cy Young? The short answer is no, but it isn't too much to consider him in the top 10, especially considering he is trending in the right direction. If Porcello can give us something close to this every year, he will have been well worth the contract that Cherington signed him to.
By Matt Watts