Johnny come lately, the new kid in town. Everybody loves you, so don’t let them down. -Eagles
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! Rookie rookie, who gets the cookie. Ricky, that’s who. Ricky’s the big winner. Ricky wins. Ricky won last night. Last night Rick Porcello won against the Kansas City Royals. He may have lost three of his first four starts but you can forget about that now. He’s won five in a row now. How about that? How about this? Porcello, twenty years and 151 days young, is now 5-0 with a 1.50 earned run average over his last five starts. Yowza! Only one pitcher in major league history as young as Porcello went 5-0 with an earned run average of 1.50 or better over any five-start span. Wanna know who that guy is? Sure you do. That guy is none other than Dwight Gooden. Doc, at age 19, went 5-0 with a 1.43 earned run average over a five-start span in 1984.
Rick Porcello throws both a two-seam and four-seam fastball. Throws ‘em to both sides of the plate. Throws ‘em hard. Throws ‘em in the mid-90s with regularity. His Uncle Charlie has improved to the point where it is now a swing-and-miss pitch. Swinng batta batta batta swiiiiing, batta. He has a good feel for his changeup. Think Pedro. Think Bugs Bunny. Think anything you like but know that this kid’s poise and mound presence are all off the charts.
When Porcello was coming up, he was compared to Roy Halladay. When Porcello was coming up, he was compared to Roy Oswalt and Josh Beckett. Now I’m comparing him to Dwight Gooden. Pretty soon we’re gonna be comparing folks to him.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!