How Was The Game? (September 16, 2013)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Another Porcello gem.

Tigers 4, Mariners 2 (Magic # = 8)

The Tigers grabbed an early run and then added on in the 6th inning, which would be plenty for Rick Porcello (28 GS, 168 IP, 4.45 ERA, 3.69 FIP, 2.7 WAR) who was fantastic again across 6 innings at Comerica Park. Porcello allowed a solo homerun and two walks, but was aces otherwise as he struck out 10 and breezed through the rest of the ballgame. The big strikeout total lifts his 2013 K% to 18.5%, which is nearly 5% higher than his previous career high (13.7%) as he makes a run at a career high in WAR (2.7 in 2013, 2.9 career best). The win is the Tigers’ 87th on the season and drops their magic number to 8 with another game against the M’s coming Tuesday as Anibal Sanchez (26 GS, 165.2 IP, 2.50 ERA, 2.47 FIP, 5.5 WAR) takes the hill.

The Moment: Porcello punches out 10, marking his second straight excellent start.

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