The Tigers Need Porcello

Posted: 10th September 2009 by Blake VandeBunte in MLB
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Quick show of hands (sort of), how many people out there thought that Rick Porcello would be this good this soon?  I was cautiously optimistic, but the guy has been so, so impressive.  Today on, Jerry Crasnick breaks down the best young arms in the game who will get a lot of rest as the regular season winds to a close.  Porcello ranks second on the list right behind Joba Chamberlain of the Yankees and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, pretty impressive company right there. Here’s Crasnick’s take: Manager Jim Leyland and pitching coach Rick Knapp vowed to keep a close watch on Porcello when the Tigers broke camp, and they were true to their word. Porcello threw fewer than 90 pitches in 10 of his first 11 starts, then took a 16-day break during the All-Star ...

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