(AP) — The acquisition of David Price gave the Detroit Tigers a collection of former Cy Young Award winners in their rotation, but it’s been the consistent Rick Porcello who quietly is having the best season of his career.
Porcello looks to tie for the major league lead in wins Saturday night as the first-place Tigers look to take the first two of this three-game set with the visiting Colorado Rockies.
With Price joining Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer in the rotation, Detroit (59-47) possesses the last three AL Cy Young winners.
Porcello, however, hasn’t looked anything like merely a No. 4 starter this season. Since allowing seven runs in a loss to Tampa Bay on July 6, Porcello (12-5, 3.24 ERA) has gone 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in three starts while pitching seven innings in each.
He gave up an unearned run and struck out six Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels before the Tigers fell 2-1. The run scored when the only man Porcello allowed to reach second base scored on his errant pickoff attempt, leading to Detroit’s first loss in 12 games in which the right-hander allowed fewer than three runs.
Porcello will get his first look at Colorado since June 17, 2011, when he allowed a career worst-tying nine runs in a 13-6 road loss.
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