Like it or not, pitchers and position players are different animals. When a phenomenal talent like Albert Pujols comes along and requires only a single season of minor league seasoning before bringing his destructive talents to The Show, people look on in awe and wait to see what he’ll do next.
When a phenomenal talent like Rick Porcello comes along and requires only a single season of minor league seasoning, however, people get all, “Don’t you dare put that fragile young child in the rotation! You’ll break him! He needs seasoning!” That last sentence would be a lot more funny if it wasn’t sort of true.
Like it or not, Porcello is a member of the Detroit Tigers, a bona fide major leaguer. He debuted on Thursday, all of 20-years-old, against fellow newcomer Ricky Romero and the Toronto Blue Jays. Porcello pitched okay (four runs on nine hits in five innings), but Romero won the duel (two runs in six innings) and the game, 6-2. For those interested in the health of Porcello’s arm, he threw 89 pitches, 57 of them for strikes.
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