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   1. villageidiom Posted: May 18, 2017 at 10:56 AM (#5458307)
Rick Porcello on Wednesday, like Eduardo Rodriguez on Tuesday, did a nice job of battling back from early disappointment.
I don't want to derail a thread so quickly, but let's talk about the splendid reality of Eduardo Rodriguez. Because he is real, and he is spectacular.

OK, that's hyperbole, and an excuse for a Seinfeld reference (which could be its own thread hijack if I'm not careful). Regardless, I think he's turned the corner.

Last season he had 20 MLB starts. He pitched at least six innings in just 8 of them. He pitched under five innings in 6 of them. Only once did he have consecutive starts (2) of 6+ innings. This season, those totals are 7 starts, 5 of six-plus innings, 0 under five innings. Those 5 starts of 6+ IP are his last 5 starts.

I could go into his stats & peripherals, but anyone who's been following the guy knows the above tells the story pretty simply. In the past he'd run out of gas early, or lose focus and snowball into big trouble, and we'd consider ourselves lucky if he didn't get lifted until the 6th.
   2. Dock Ellis Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:08 AM (#5458321)
Who the hell is Hector Velaquez? He's so obscure I can't even pick him up in my ESPN fantasy league yet.

David Freese would be a decent placeholder at 3B to trade for but he's owed $11M between this year and next, including his buyout.
   3. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:14 AM (#5458330)
Who the hell is Hector Velaquez? He's so obscure I can't even pick him up in my ESPN fantasy league yet.


Some dude who has been in the Mexican League. This is his first year in the US and he's been excellent, 1.55 ERA, 4.00 K:BB. Everyone said nice things about him during spring training. He's going to be the 8th starter the Sox have used this year already so I'm not exactly optimistic. At the same time I won't be shocked if he steals them a couple of decent starts by throwing strikes and keeping the ball in the ballpark (1 homer in 29 IP) before teams figure him out. If he can get through 5 with 3 runs tonight I think you take it and run.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:14 AM (#5458332)
vi - Completely agree on Rodriguez. I think he's the real deal.
   5. Dock Ellis Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:19 AM (#5458338)
Thanks Jose. Definitely noticed his very nice ERA/WHIP, and would be nice if he could Aaron Small a win or three while he's in the rotation.
   6. Nasty Nate Posted: May 18, 2017 at 11:20 AM (#5458340)
Who the hell is Hector Velaquez?
The dude about to go Wakefield '95 all over the league!
   7. GGC Posted: May 18, 2017 at 12:48 PM (#5458498)
MCoA liked that Platonic ideal phrase. Whatever happened to him (or Mattbert?) I know that he tired of some of the discussion here (the Mainland, not ST.) Last I saw, MC was writing for someone about the World Cup.
   8. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 18, 2017 at 01:06 PM (#5458527)
MCoA spurred the move to Replacement Level Red Sox. Unfortunately for us, fortunately for him, his soccer writing took off and really took up his time.. He's pretty prolific with that stuff and seems to be making a name for himself.
   9. villageidiom Posted: May 18, 2017 at 01:07 PM (#5458530)
MCoA liked that Platonic ideal phrase. Whatever happened to him
Can you read Dutch?
   10. John DiFool2 Posted: May 18, 2017 at 02:04 PM (#5458622)
Fangraphs: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-case-for-rafael-devers/

Teams nowadays seem much more reluctant to bring up a prospect if they deem it "too early" (yes I know all about not starting his clock too early).
   11. villageidiom Posted: May 18, 2017 at 02:12 PM (#5458632)
John, I just posted that same link in another thread! I've removed my comment from there and redirected here.

From TFA:
Of the 43 different 20-year-olds who’ve started their year in Double-A, only two have hit better than Devers is hitting right now. And those two spent their summer punishing major-league pitching.
"Those two" being Carlos Correa and Giancarlo Stanton.

   12. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 19, 2017 at 04:54 PM (#5459628)
Price pitches for Pawtucket tonight. If it goes well he might be pitching in the Ranger series at Fenway next week. I think Thursday would be the best day for that and that has nothing to do with the fact that I have tickets for that game.

As noted by Alex Speier today; Wright, Johnson, Kendrick and Velazquez have combined to go 2-7. Give those starts to Price and even a slight improvement makes a pretty big difference.
   13. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 20, 2017 at 07:27 PM (#5460165)
Update: No, no it was not.
   14. villageidiom Posted: May 22, 2017 at 11:08 AM (#5460819)
Update: No, no it was not.
That's not a fair statement. It might have been the trigger, but the gun was pointing in a different direction.
   15. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 22, 2017 at 05:19 PM (#5461182)
Porcello is a bum. RA9 of 5.37, that's just .02 better than what he did in 2015. I don't know what you guys are on, but any credit being sent his way is grading on FAR too kind a curve.

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