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From Cy to sigh

July 2, 2017 GMT

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (above), the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, has gone from having his best career season to what is shaping up as his worst. Entering Thursday’s games, Porcello was leading the major leagues with 138 hits allowed and leading the American League with 59 earned runs surrendered.

Porcello’s ERA, meanwhile, has jumped from 3.15 in 2016 to 5.06 in 2017.

Here’s a closer look at how Porcello’s performance has differed statistically on the mound between last season and this one:

Sinker usage

2017 32 percent

2016 41 percent

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BATTING AVerage

VS. Sinker

2017 .390

2016 .294

AVERAGE ON BALLS

put IN PLAY

2017 .367

2016 .269

AVERAGE FAstBALL

velocity

2017 92.9 mph

2016 92.4 mph

SWINGING STRIKE

RATE

2017 9.9 percent

2016 8.2 percent

HARD-HIT BALL RATE

2017 42 percent

2016 30 percent

GROUNBALL RATE

2017 43.1 percent

2016 37.4 percent

HOME RUNS

PER FLY BALL

2017 12.1 percent

2016 9.3 percent