Rick Porcello

How Rick Porcello is approaching this start

Rob Bradford
July 08, 2015 - 6:28 am
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For the Red Sox and Rick Porcello, it would seem to be an uncomfortable situation leading up to his Wednesday night start. Would the club's highest-paid pitcher be forced to skip a start heading into the All-Star break in an effort to uncover what has been sending Porcello down the right path? He hasn't won since May 16 and is coming off one of the worst starts of his career, giving up seven runs over two innings. But Porcello is pitching against the Marlins, and he's confident that the decision will be the right one. "That's something that's between me, John [Farrell] and Carl [Willis]," Porcello said when asked about the conversations regarding making his start this week. "I want the ball." The last time Porcello went through the kind of ordeal experienced at Rogers Centre was April 20, 2013, when he allowed nine runs over two-thirds of an inning. The following start resulted in a win, with the righty allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings. In fact, he ended up totaling a 2.73 ERA over his next five starts after the disaster vs. Atlanta. [poll ID-105] Along with being reunited with catcher Ryan Hanigan -- Porcello has a 3.79 ERA and .200 batting average against when teaming with the backstop -- the 26-year-old is confident he has taken the right approach heading into Wednesday. "It's just a matter of going out there and executing pitches. I'm going to do that, keep it simple, and do my thing," Porcello said. "To me it's just relaxing and executing pitches under control. I've practiced in the bullpen trying to simulate game situations and doing different things to prepare mentally. I feel really positive about that. That's all it is. Just go out there and do it now."

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