Rick Porcello Named Starter for Opening Day

Lesley Tedeschi Mar 15th 5:34 PM EDT.

The Boston Red Sox already know how they want to start the season, and who they want to start it. Rick Porcello has been named the starting pitcher for opening day, which for the Red Sox is April 3rd at Fenway.

Porcello is the reigning Cy Young winner for the American League, and according to manager John Farrell has always been the number one choice to start the season. This will be the first time in Porcello's career that he is the starting pitcher on opening day, and even his fellow teammates are backing the decision. David Price and Chris Sale fully back Porcello opening the season, and think he is deserving given the leader he has become for the team.

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Porcello has played with Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer when he was with the Detroit Tigers, and wasn't able to shine as the ace he is. Having such an amazing group of pitchers at once, someone gets left in the background and that was Porcello. Being with the Red Sox has allowed Porcello to take the lead and show what a great leader and player he is.

As the draft approaches Rick Porcello will be a top pick, and will be exciting to watch throughout the season.

Players Mentioned

Chris Sale

SP Boston Red Sox

ERA WHIP WINS QS SO K/BB K/9IP LOSSES PC
2.9 0.9717 23 308 7.2 12.9 212.0 8 3428
David Price

SP Boston Red Sox

ERA WHIPSAVES HOLDS SO K/BB K/9SVHDIP LOSSES PC
3.38 1.19 0 1 76 3.2 9.21 73.5 3 1253
Justin Verlander

SP Houston Astros

ERA WHIP WINS QS SO K/BB K/9IP LOSSES PC
3.36 1.1715 23 219 3 9.6 203.9 8 3530
Max Scherzer

SP Washington Nationals

ERA WHIP WINS QS SO K/BB K/9IP LOSSES PC
2.51 0.916 22 268 4.9 12 198.8 6 3111
Rick Porcello

SP Boston Red Sox

ERA WHIP WINS QS SO K/BB K/9IP LOSSES PC
4.65 1.3911 19 181 3.8 8 198.9 17 3383