Porcello’s Release Point Slid, His Results Tumbled

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Remember the first six weeks of the season? Those were simpler times. Let’s not talk about what’s gone wrong writ large. Let’s talk about one problem and it’s root cause. Rick Porcello was awesome through May 17. Don’t believe me? Here are numbers!

Split G IP ERA FIP xFIP
Through May 17 8 52.2 2.91 3.22 3.34

Tremendous! Great work Rick! Not only did you carry your 2013 improvements over to 2014, you’re actually getting better against lefties and with men on base. Everything’s coming up Milhouse!

But then:

Split G IP ERA FIP xFIP
Since 5 30 6.00 5.32 4.66

Uh oh! That’s not very good. If you’ll recall, after that great start on May 17, Porcello got a couple extra days of rest due to an injured left side. The Tigers said they wanted to be very careful and I don’t know if the two things are certainly related, but take a look at his release point adjustment since May 17 when the injury was revealed:

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Porcello might not be healthy, or he may have gotten into bad habits to protect the once injured side. It could be nothing, or it could be something.

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