Rick Porcello on his first start: ‘I never got locked in with it out there'

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Rick Porcello's first start of the 2019 season was far from ideal. In fact, it was one of the worst performances of his Boston Red Sox career.

Porcello only lasted 2 2/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners in his first start of the season. He allowed nine runs, the second-highest total of his Red Sox career (though only four were earned), and struggled with his command, walking four batters and allowing six hits in the game. He is looking to bounce back ahead of his start in Arizona on Friday night and recently commented on his performance in the opener.

"I never got locked in with it out there. It was my stride," he explained to Rob Bradford of WEEI. "They all kind of work off one another. The last part of my delivery I was thinking about my stride but that’s the last thing you should do. You can’t be thinking about that when you throw the ball. It’s more my shoulder, my line to home plate and everything kind of falls into place after that.

"When you don’t have life on the pitches you’re not aggressive as you should be. You have the intent to do what you want to do, but you can’t because you’re not delivering the ball the right way."

It's good that Porcello has been able to identify went wrong in his first start. That should help him to correct the issues next time he takes the mound and give him a chance to have a solid performance.

Porcello will look to bounce back from that poor outing in his second start of the season. He is the expected starter for the Red Sox as they open a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.

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