Rick Porcello

Frederick Alfred "Rick" Porcello III (born December 27, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Detroit Tigers.

Selected by the Tigers in the 2007 MLB draft, he made his MLB debut in 2009, and was the youngest player in the American League.[1] His manager, Jim Leyland, chose to start him in the 2009 American League Central tie-breaker game over Nate Robertson, Eddie Bonine, and Armando Galarraga. After the 2014 season, the Tigers traded Porcello to the Red Sox. He struggled in 2015, but rebounded in 2016, leading the AL in wins and winning the AL Cy Young Award and AL Comeback Player of the Year Award. He won the 2018 World Series with the Boston Red Sox, starting the third game of the series.

Rick Porcello
Rick Porcello on April 24, 2015
Porcello with the Boston Red Sox in 2015
Boston Red Sox – No. 22
Starting pitcher
Born: December 27, 1988 (age 30)
Morristown, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 2009, for the Detroit Tigers
MLB statistics
(through July 15, 2019)
Win–loss record142–113
Earned run average4.32
Strikeouts1,447
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Porcello graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey in 2007. In his senior season, he compiled a 10–0 record with 103 strikeouts and a 1.44 ERA in 63 innings pitched.[2] He threw a perfect game on May 12, 2007 against Newark Academy.

Although Porcello signed a letter of intent to attend the University of North Carolina, he later declined in order to pursue his professional career in Major League Baseball. Porcello was drafted 27th overall in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tigers.[3] His choice of sports agent Scott Boras to advise him may have scared away some teams, knocking him down to the 27th spot even though he was ranked No. 1 among high school prospects entering the draft.[2] Porcello had been described as an "ace" who could be a "bona fide No. 1 starter."[4] He was also known as a "special" pitcher. Porcello was signed by the Detroit Tigers to a $7.28 million,[5] four-year deal with two one-year options. The total contract is worth $11.1 million, making Porcello the highest-paid high schooler ever.[6] He also received a $3.5 million signing bonus, the second-largest ever given out by the Tigers, surpassed only by the $3.55 million[7] given to 2006 first round pick Andrew Miller.

Minor league career

Porcello played the entire 2008 season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, Detroit's advanced class-A affiliate. He earned his first victory against the Tampa Yankees on April 3, 2008. On May 12, he was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week.[8] On July 19, he took part in a seven inning combined no-hitter against the St. Lucie Mets.[9] Porcello finished the season with a record of 8–6 in 125 innings pitched. His 2.66 ERA was the lowest in the FSL.[10]

Major league career

Detroit Tigers

2009

On February 7, 2009, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski stated that Porcello would be considered for the final spot in the Tigers rotation, pending his spring training performance.[11] Porcello began drawing comparisons to Boston Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, namely from Tigers official Al Avila, who was the Florida Marlins scouting director when the team drafted Beckett in 1999.[12] On April 1, Dombrowski confirmed that Porcello would make the 2009 opening day roster after posting a 2.63 ERA in five Grapefruit League games. Dombrowski stated:

[Porcello] is one of our best starting pitchers ... He has quality stuff and throws strikes. Rick is confident and mature beyond his years. And he has a very, very nasty sinker that gets him out of trouble.[13]
Rick Porcello on June 18, 2009
Porcello during his tenure with the Detroit Tigers in 2009

On April 9, Porcello made his Major League debut against Toronto, opposite Blue Jays rookie pitcher Ricky Romero. The game marked the first time in MLB history that two first-round picks faced each other in their respective debuts.[14] Porcello pitched five innings and took the loss for Detroit. He struck out four batters and allowed four runs on eight hits.[15]

On April 19, Porcello earned his first career win in an 8–2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. He allowed one run and struck out three in seven innings with no walks. He retired the final 14 batters he faced.[16]

Porcello won all five games he started in May. He became the youngest pitcher to win five starts in a row since Dwight Gooden won seven in a row in 1985, as well as the first Tiger age 20 or younger to win five consecutive starts since at least 1954 (research prior to that year is incomplete).[17]

On August 11, during a game against the Boston Red Sox, Porcello hit Kevin Youkilis with a pitch. Youkilis charged the mound and threw his helmet right in front of Porcello. Porcello tackled Youkilis, both went down, and both benches cleared. Both players were ejected for the brawl and were each sentenced to a five-game suspension.

Despite his youth, Porcello was selected by Tiger manager Jim Leyland to pitch in the one-game tie-breaker playoff for the AL Central Division crown after the Tigers and Minnesota Twins both finished the regular season at 86–76. Porcello allowed two runs (one earned) in ​5 23 innings of work, getting a no-decision in the game that the Twins eventually won in 12 innings.[18]

Porcello finished the 2009 season with a 14–9 record and 3.96 ERA. On November 16, it was announced that Porcello finished third in the voting for American League Rookie of the Year, behind Andrew Bailey of the Oakland Athletics and Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers.[19]

2010

Porcello began the 2010 season with a 4–7 record, accumulating a 6.14 ERA. On June 20, 2010 he was sent down to AAA Toledo.[20] He was called back up on July 17 to face the Indians.[21] In his first start back with the team, Porcello pitched very well, continuing the trend of struggling starters in the Tiger rotation finding success upon returning from the AAA Toledo Mud Hens. He went eight innings against the Indians, allowing one run, striking out six, and walking none, albeit in a Tigers loss.[22]

Porcello finished the 2010 season with a 10–12 record, going 5–1 in his last 7 starts, and bringing his season ERA down to 4.92.

2011

Rick Porcello (2011)
Porcello at Dodger Stadium, June 2011

Porcello entered Spring Training competing for a job in the Tigers starting rotation, battling with teammates Phil Coke, Jacob Turner, and Brad Penny for a spot. He ended up in the Tigers rotation for the 2011 season.

He started in 31 games for the Tigers, pitching 182 innings (his career high for a season, through 2013) and accumulating a 14-9 record, 104 strikeouts and a 4.75 ERA.

In the 2011 postseason, Porcello made four appearances (two starts), compiling an 0–1 record with a 4.80 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 15 innings.

2012

On January 6, 2012, Porcello opted out of an option for 2012 included in his four-year contract, becoming arbitration eligible and under team control through 2015.[23] After gaining Super Two status by reaching the required amount of service time, Porcello gained an extra year of arbitration eligibility, which was 2012. On January 16, Porcello agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million deal with the Tigers, avoiding arbitration. Because he filed for arbitration and did not accept his option for 2012, he earned an extra $1.76 million.[24]

Porcello made 31 starts in 2012, going 10–12 with a 4.59 ERA. He struck out a career-high 107 batters on the season, but also surrendered a career-high 226 hits. Porcello was on the postseason roster for the Tigers, who went all the way to the World Series, but he pitched only ​1 13 postseason innings, allowing no runs.

2013

On January 18, 2013, Porcello signed a one-year, $5.1 million contract with the Tigers to avoid arbitration for a second time.[25] With the Tigers signing fourth starter Aníbal Sánchez to a five-year deal, Porcello competed with Drew Smyly for the fifth and final spot in the Tigers rotation. On March 26, it was announced that Porcello had won the No. 5 starter job over Smyly.[26]

In his Tigers career through 2012, Porcello wore uniform number 48. When the Tigers acquired outfielder Torii Hunter – who also wears number 48 – in the 2012–13 offseason, Hunter made a monetary offer for the number. Porcello, a New Jersey native, instead asked Hunter to donate the money he offered to victims of Hurricane Sandy, and Porcello changed to number 21 for the 2013 season.

In a May 28 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Porcello pitched eight shutout innings and fanned 11 batters to establish a new career high for strikeouts in a game.[27]

On June 30, Porcello threw a pitch that hit Ben Zobrist of the Tampa Bay Rays. It was widely thought that the pitch was in retaliation for a pitch that Rays reliever Fernando Rodney threw near the head of Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera the night before. The benches were warned and there were no incidents the remainder of the game, but two days later, MLB suspended Porcello six games and fined him an undisclosed amount. On September 10, Porcello pitched his first career complete game in his 147th major league start, resulting in a 9–1 win over the Chicago White Sox. Porcello retired 14 consecutive batters after escaping a fourth-inning jam that yielded his only run allowed.[28]

Porcello finished the regular season with a 13–8 record, 4.32 ERA, and a career-high 142 strikeouts.

2014

On January 17, 2014, Porcello and the Tigers avoided arbitration for the third straight season by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $8.5 million.[29]

On June 26, Porcello pitched his first career complete game shutout in a 6–0 win over the Texas Rangers. He gave up just three hits in the game, striking out six and throwing 115 pitches.[30] In his next start on July 1, Porcello pitched a complete game shutout in a 3–0 win over the Oakland Athletics, giving up four hits, striking out zero, walking no one, and throwing 95 pitches. Porcello became the first Tiger to pitch back-to-back shutouts since Jack Morris in 1986. He became the first Major League pitcher to throw a shutout without a walk or a strikeout since Jeff Ballard on August 21, 1989.[31] In a more recent distinction, he became the first Major League pitcher to throw a no-strikeout shutout since Derek Lowe did it for the Indians on May 15, 2012.[32]

On August 20, Porcello pitched his third complete game shutout of the season in a 6–0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, giving up three hits, striking out four and walking none. Porcello is the first Tiger pitcher to throw at least three shutouts in a season since Jeff Weaver in 2002. Porcello's three shutouts tied him with Henderson Álvarez for the major league lead.[33] On August 26, Rick defeated the New York Yankees 5–2 for his 15th victory of the season, establishing a new career high in wins. He had won 14 games in two prior seasons (2009, 2011).[34] Rick struggled down the stretch, however, going 0–4 with a 6.20 ERA in September.[35] He would finish the 2014 regular season with a 15–13 record, 129 strikeouts, and a career-best 3.43 ERA. He topped 200 innings pitched for the first time in his career, with ​204 23.

Boston Red Sox

On December 11, 2014, the Tigers traded Porcello to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Yoenis Céspedes, Alex Wilson, and Gabe Speier.[36] On April 6, 2015, Porcello and the Red Sox agreed on a 4-year contract extension worth $82.5 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus.[37][38]

2015

On August 2, 2015, Porcello was placed on the Disabled List (retroactive to July 30) for the first time in his career, with the Red Sox stating he was suffering from triceps soreness and inflammation. At the time, Rick was mired in his worst season, statistically, having posted a 5–11 record and a 5.81 ERA prior to the injury.[39] He returned August 26 and threw seven shutout innings in a 3–0 win over the Chicago White Sox.[40] In his next start, September 1 against the New York Yankees, Porcello struck out a career-high 13 batters in 8 innings, but lost a 3-1 decision.[41] Porcello finished his first season in Boston with a 9–15 record in 28 starts, and an ERA of 4.92 which tied his career high. He gave up a career-high 25 home runs, but also had a career-high strikeout rate (7.8 K/9).

2016

Porcello rebounded from a bad season by leading the Red Sox back to the playoffs on the way to winning the Cy Young award. On September 9, 2016, Porcello became the first Major League pitcher to reach 20 wins in the current season, as the Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 13–3.[42] Porcello led the major leagues in 2016 with 22 wins (against four losses) and posted career bests in most major statistical categories, including: games started (33), innings pitched (223), strikeouts (189), ERA (3.15) and WHIP (1.01). He also allowed 32 walks over the entire season, leading the major leagues with a 5.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and threw three complete games. Porcello's 26 quality starts were tied for the AL lead with former teammate Justin Verlander.[43]

On November 7, Porcello was announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) as a finalist for the 2016 American League Cy Young Award, along with Verlander and Corey Kluber.[44] On November 9, Porcello was named the American League's Outstanding Pitcher, given by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA).

On November 16, Porcello won the 2016 American League Cy Young Award in unique fashion. He became the first pitcher in American League history to win the award despite not receiving the most first-place votes from the BBWAA. Porcello's former teammate with the Tigers, Verlander, received 14 first-place votes to Porcello's 8, but two Tampa Bay writers left Verlander off their five-pitcher ballots entirely. Porcello received the most second-place votes of anyone appearing on a ballot, giving him the award. The final tally of 137 to 132 was the third closest vote since 1970. Porcello's eight first place votes (out of 30 possible) was the third-fewest for a Cy Young winner. Porcello became the fourth Red Sox pitcher to win the award, joining Jim Lonborg, Roger Clemens, and Pedro Martínez.[45]

2017

Porcello struggled the ensuing season after winning the Cy Young award the previous season, finishing with a career high 17 losses. He also gave up 38 home runs, more than any other major league pitcher.[46] He struck out 181 batters in ​203 13 innings.

2018

Porcello began the 2018 season in Boston's starting rotation. On April 12, against the Yankees, Porcello took a no-hitter through 6+ innings until giving up a double by Aaron Judge. Porcello pitched through seven innings, giving up only two hits while striking out six as the Red Sox won, 6–3.[47] During the regular season, he made 33 starts for the Red Sox, going 17–7 with a 4.28 ERA in ​191 13 innings. The Red Sox finished with a 108–54 record and went on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. Porcello was Boston's starting pitcher in Game 3, getting a no decision in an extra innings loss.[48] The Red Sox went on to win the series in five games,[49] giving Porcello his first career championship title.

2019

Porcello again began the season in Boston's starting rotation. Through the end of April, he had a 2–3 record with 5.52 ERA.[50]

Personal life

Porcello, a resident of Chester Township, New Jersey, was inducted into the Spanish National Honor Society at Seton Hall Prep. He graduated with a four-year weighted cumulative GPA of 3.94.[51] His older brother Zach is a pitching coach at Seton Hall University. His younger brother Jake is a 2009 graduate of Seton Hall Prep and was a pitcher at Seton Hall University and was drafted by the Tigers in the 48th round of the 2009 draft.[52]

Porcello is the maternal grandson of Sam Dente,[53][54] who played for the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series.[55]

Pitching style

Porcello is a groundball pitcher who relies on a sinking two-seam fastball. He throws his two-seamer about half the time, ranging around 90 mph.[56] He also has a four-seam fastball in the 91–93 range (tops out at 94–95 mph) and a circle changeup in the low 80s which is used mostly on left-handed hitters. He used to throw an occasional slider, but scrapped it prior to the 2013 season for a more effective upper-70s curveball.[56][57] Porcello's former pitching coach Jeff Jones for the Tigers describes the curve as a "change of pace, something that he can throw as a first pitch to a left-handed hitter for a strike."[58]

Porcello's groundball rate in 2013 was 55.3%, the highest of his career and one of the best in the majors, while his flyball rate was only 23.7%.[59]

Awards and recognition

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2007 Major League Baseball draft

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2011 American League Championship Series

The 2011 American League Championship Series (abbreviated ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the winners of the 2011 American League Division Series, the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers, against each other for the American League championship and the right to be the league's representative in the 2011 World Series. The series was the 42nd in league history.

Although the 2010 American League Championship series began on October 15, the 2011 series began on October 8 to accommodate the World Series, which was scheduled to begin on October 19. Fox televised all games in the United States. Games 1, 2, and 6 were played at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, while the other games were played at Comerica Park in Detroit.

This was the first postseason meeting between the Rangers and the Tigers. The Tigers appeared in the ALCS (and the postseason overall) for the first time since 2006, while the Rangers were playing in their second consecutive appearance.

The Rangers would go on to lose to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. This is as of the 2018 season their final victory in a postseason series to date.

2014 Detroit Tigers season

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2015 Boston Red Sox season

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2016 Boston Red Sox season

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2017 Boston Red Sox season

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(1) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions) vs. (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card Game winner)

(2) Houston Astros (West Division champions) vs. (3) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions)Under sponsorship agreements with T-Mobile, the series was formally known as the American League Division Series presented by T-Mobile. The Astros and Red Sox won their respective series, to advance to the Championship Series.

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The Red Sox entered the postseason as the top seed in the American League, and defeated the Yankees in four games in the Division Series. They then defeated the defending champion Houston Astros in five games in the Championship Series, advancing to the World Series where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.

2019 Boston Red Sox season

The 2019 Boston Red Sox season is the 119th season in the team's history, and their 108th season at Fenway Park. The Red Sox enter the season as reigning World Series champions.

List of Boston Red Sox award winners

This is a list of award winners and single-season leaderboards for the Boston Red Sox professional baseball team.

List of Detroit Tigers first-round draft picks

The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Detroit, Michigan. They play in the American League Central division. Since the institution of MLB's Rule 4 Draft, the Tigers have selected 60 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of the 62 players picked in the first round by Detroit, 31 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 25 of these were right-handed, while five were left-handed. Twelve outfielders were selected, while five shortstops, five catchers, three first basemen, three third basemen and one second baseman were taken as well. One additional player, Lance Parrish (1974), was drafted as an infielder but ultimately spent the majority of his Major League career at catcher. Twelve of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, followed by Texas with nine players. The Tigers have also drafted five players from their home state of Michigan.Two of the Tigers' first-round picks have won championships with the franchise. Parrish and Kirk Gibson (1978) won a World Series title on the 1984 championship team. Justin Verlander (2004) is the only first-round pick of the Tigers to win the Rookie of the Year Award, taking the honor in 2006. Two Tigers first-round picks have won the Cy Young Award, both in the American League; Verlander won the award in 2011 with the Tigers and 2007 pick Rick Porcello won in 2016 with the Boston Red Sox. None of their first-round picks have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Justin Verlander became the first player who was drafted in the 1st round of the draft to win the Most Valuable Player award while with the Tigers in the 2011 season. Gibson won the MVP award in his first year with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988.The Tigers have made nine selections in the supplemental round of the draft and have made the first overall selection twice (1997 and 2018). They have also had eight compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Tigers failed to sign their 1966 first-round pick, Rick Konik, but they received no compensatory pick.

Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award

The Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award is presented by Major League Baseball (MLB) to the player who is judged to have "re-emerged on the baseball field during a given season." The award was developed in 2005, as part of a sponsorship agreement between MLB and Viagra. In 2005 and 2006 representatives from MLB and MLB.com selected six candidates each from the American (AL) and National Leagues (NL) and one winner for each league was selected via an online poll on MLB.com. Since then, the winners have been selected by a panel of MLB beat reporters. Under the current voting structure, first place votes are worth five points, second place votes worth three, and third place votes worth one with the award going to the player with the most points overall. Past winners have often overcome injury or personal problems en route to their award-winning season.

A Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given by The Sporting News since 1965 but its results are not officially recognized by Major League Baseball. Since the beginning of the MLB award in 2005, the recipients have been identical with the following exceptions: 2008 NL (MLB honored Brad Lidge, TSN honored Fernando Tatís), 2010 AL (MLB honored Francisco Liriano, TSN honored Vladimir Guerrero) and 2016 (TSN honored Jose Fernandez and Mark Trumbo, MLB honored Anthony Rendon and Rick Porcello. Francisco Liriano is the only person to win the MLB award multiple times (2010 AL, 2013 NL), and the first to win it in each league.

Twelve players were named to the Major League Baseball All-Star team in their Comeback Award-winning season: Jim Thome, Nomar Garciaparra, Dmitri Young, Cliff Lee, Brad Lidge, Aaron Hill, Tim Hudson, Lance Berkman, Jacoby Ellsbury, Buster Posey, Fernando Rodney, and Mariano Rivera. Two players who were not named to the All-Star team in their winning year—Jason Giambi and Ken Griffey, Jr.—were named to the All-Star team in their previous season. Several winners have won other awards in their winning season. Carlos Peña, Posey, Ellsbury, Griffey and Hill won the Silver Slugger Award along with the Comeback Award. Posey won the NL MVP in his comeback season. Lee won the Cy Young Award in his winning season and Lidge won both the Rolaids Relief Man and DHL Delivery Man Awards the same year. Rodney was also named Delivery Man in his comeback 2012 season. The most recent winners, announced in November 2018, are Jonny Venters from the NL and David Price from the AL.

Major league pitchers beating all 30 teams

Since 1998, there have been 30 teams in Major League Baseball (MLB). It is very rare for a pitcher to record a win against every team. In earlier times, two factors made it nearly impossible to defeat all teams in both leagues (even before expansion increased the number to 30):

Before the era of free-agency, in which players are free to move to another team at the end of their contract, a pitcher would play for only a few teams, and could not, of course, win a game against his own team.

Before inter-league play began in June 1997, a pitcher would see only half of the 30 teams in any single season, unless traded to a team in the other league. Even with inter-league play, a pitcher may not have his spot in a typical 5-man rotation match the games in the single 3- or 4-game series against another team, and only a few teams from the other league are played in any season.In any case, defeating all teams is more likely only if a pitcher has a long career. Assuming a top notch pitcher manages to win against every team in a season, it will still only be 19 teams, unless he was traded. It is far more likely that his wins will come against 10 to 12 teams, most of which he has already beaten.

As of August 20, 2017, there have been 18 pitchers who have beaten all 30 teams. The San Francisco Giants are the only franchise with three players who accomplished the feat while on their roster: Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, and Tim Hudson.

Notes

As of October 31, 2018, nine active pitchers have defeated 29 teams.

CC Sabathia - has not defeated the Miami Marlins.

Zack Greinke - has not defeated the Kansas City Royals.

Ervin Santana - has not defeated the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ubaldo Jiménez - has not defeated the Colorado Rockies.

Francisco Liriano - has not defeated the Miami Marlins.

J.A. Happ - has not defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Scott Kazmir - has not defeated the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jon Lester - has not defeated the Boston Red Sox.

Edwin Jackson - has not defeated the Atlanta Braves.As of October 31, 2018, eight active pitchers have defeated 28 teams.

Jake Arrieta - has not defeated the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners.

Justin Verlander - has not defeated the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins.

Anibal Sanchez - has not defeated the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit Tigers.

Cole Hamels - has not defeated the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

Ricky Nolasco - has not defeated the Cleveland Indians and Miami Marlins.

Wade Miley - has not defeated the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

Charlie Morton - has not defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Jason Vargas - has not defeated the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets.As of October 31, 2018, four active pitchers have defeated 27 teams.

Gio González - has not defeated the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Washington Nationals.

Matt Garza - has not defeated the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Tampa Bay Rays.

Rick Porcello - has not defeated the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres.

Ian Kennedy - has not defeated the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays.As of October 31, 2018, five active pitchers have defeated 26 teams.

James Shields - has not defeated the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals.

Edinson Vólquez - has not defeated the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Jordan Zimmermann - has not defeated the Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals.

Trevor Cahill - has not defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Mets.

Iván Nova - has not defeated the Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Seattle Mariners.

Porcello

Porcello is an Italian surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Massimilian Porcello (born 1980), German-Italian football (soccer) player

Rick Porcello (born 1988), American baseball player

Sam Porcello (1935/36–2012), American food scientist

Relief pitcher

In baseball and softball, a relief pitcher or reliever is a pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness, fatigue, ejection, or for other strategic reasons, such as inclement weather delays or pinch hitter substitutions. Relief pitchers are further divided informally into various roles, such as closers, setup men, middle relief pitchers, left/right-handed specialists, and long relievers. Whereas starting pitchers usually rest several days before pitching in a game again due to the number of pitches thrown, relief pitchers are expected to be more flexible and typically pitch more games but with fewer innings pitched. A team's staff of relievers is normally referred to metonymically as a team's bullpen, which refers to the area where the relievers sit during games, and where they warm-up prior to entering the game.

Ricky Romero

Ricardo Romero Jr. (born November 6, 1984) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ryan Perry

Ryan Keith Perry (born February 13, 1987) is a former American professional baseball pitcher. At the end of 2008 Baseball America named him the Detroit Tigers second best prospect, behind Rick Porcello.

Sinker (baseball)

In baseball, a sinker or sinking fastball is a type of fastball pitch which has significant downward and horizontal movement and is known for inducing ground balls. Pitchers who use the sinker tend to rely on it heavily and do not need to change pitch speeds as much as other pitchers do because the sinking action induces weak bat contact. Other pitchers normally change pitch speeds to achieve this effect. The sinker is much more often used by right-handed than left-handed pitchers.

Two-seam fastball

A two-seam fastball is a pitch in baseball and a variant of the straight fastball. The pitch has the speed of a fastball and can also include late breaking action caused by varying the pressure of the index and middle fingers on the ball.

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