Stop me if you've heard this one before: Rick Porcello is on the verge of having a big season this year. That's a statement that seemingly pops up every year, most notably last spring, when Porcello was doing his best to disprove the long-held theory that spring training stats don't matter by striking out 21 without walking a single batter.
Yet the anticipated breakout didn't quite happen, not when Porcello put up an ERA north of 4.30 for the fourth straight year and was the subject of trade rumors this offseason.
So what makes this year different? Here are three reasons: