Porcello did a great job of locating his Two-Seamer in the zone last season, holding the highest strike rate with the pitch since 2010. A slight rise in flyballs instead of grounders helped lower his opponent's BAA nearly thirty points last season.
13.8% Thrown 73.7 MPH
Porcello's Curveball got the job done, acting as a "Show-Me" pitch that could land for strikes, but also thrown enough to keep batters prepared so they couldn't sit on the Slider or Changeup.
13.2% Thrown 85.1 MPH
This Slider was Porcello's best breaking ball last season, bumping up bend and drop as he was able to spot it in the zone more consistently. The results followed, dropping his allowed OPS on the pitch from, .908 to a stellar .593 mark.
13.3% Thrown 80.8 MPH
Porcello was able to fix his Changeup like his Slider, increasing both horizontal and vertical movement from his 2015 iteration, leading to 13 point drop in line drives allowed and a bump in pitch usage to match both his breaking balls.