How Was The Game? (July 1, 2014)

Clip art illustration of a Cartoon Tiger with a Missing Tooth

Madduxian.

Tigers 3, A’s 0

Rick Porcello (16 GS, 106.2 IP, 3.12 ERA, 3.73 FIP, 1.8 fWAR) stole my heart a long time ago, but after tonight he’s won over his remaining doubters. Against the league’s best offense, he tossed a Maddux (CGSO in under 100 pitches). It wasn’t even a challenge. He recorded a career high 17 ground outs and didn’t deal at all with strikeouts, walks, or home runs. It was a brilliant three hit shutout that required just 95 pitches. And this was his second straight shutout. JD Martinez did most of the heavy lifting on offense but Porcello didn’t need much as he carried the Tigers to victory for the second straight start and punctuated his impressive season with another gem. Rick freaking Porcello, everyone. Justin Verlander (17 GS, 110.2 IP, 4.80 ERA, 3.86 FIP, 1.8 fWAR) will try to follow him on Wednesday.

The Moment: Porcello finishes another gem.

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