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TIL: Porcello Has Allowed a .319 BABIP Since 2012

Rick Porcello

For the most part, BABIP (batting average on balls in play) is a good indicator of whether or not a hitter (or pitcher) has been abnormally lucky or unlucky in a given season.

Boston RHP Rick Porcello’s .319 BABIP allowed is the fifth-highest mark since 2012, with Ivan Nova (.326) leading the way as the unluckiest pitcher in that span.

Porcello’s high number is partially due to the atrocious defense played in Detroit, allowing more balls to find safe ground because of their limited range.

His move to Boston should help that number drop considerably, as only Xander Bogaerts can be considered below average defensively (and he has plenty of time to improve in his career).

Porcello is a groundball pitcher that steps into Fenway Park as their new ace. I honestly expect him to struggle with that initially, but I like him as a midseason trade target, as this team gels together.

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about Fantasy Sports online since 2000 – and playing Fantasy Sports since 1989. He has drafted both Curt Warner and Kurt Warner, along with Big Unit and Big Papi. A veteran of hundreds of drafts in the past 15 years alone, Gonos is closely acquainted with sleepers, breakouts and busts – as he has drafted many of all three. He was a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBSSports.com for five years, and he has been columnist on SI.com and FanDuel.com, while also getting published on MLB.com, NFL.com, FoxSports.com and USAToday.com.
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