Porcello Credits Red Sox’ Versatility for Postseason Success

The Red Sox traveled to Los Angeles Thursday with the hopes of wrapping up the World Series there.

Boston won both games at Fenway Park and takes a 2-0 lead into Dodger Stadium. The Red Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound to face rookie Walker Buehler in Game 3 Friday.

Porcello said the Red Sox have maintained their success after a 108-win regular season thanks to their well-rounded strengths.

"We've continued to do the things that made us successful during the regular season," he said. "That's guys getting outs in big situations on the mound, coming up with some timely hits, the defense has been incredible. I mean, our outfield defense is — the plays that these guys have made during the postseason, it's remarkable."

Porcello, who won the AL Cy Young Award in 2016, has not seen results as strong since. He has, however, been a workhorse for the Red Sox, pitching more than 617 innings in the last three regular seasons.

Manager Alex Cora has made Porcello and his fellow starters available out of the bullpen this postseason, as well. Against both the Yankees and the Astros, Porcello made both a start and a relief appearance.

When asked if he saw the starter/reliever role bleeding into regular season baseball, Porcello said it wouldn't be sustainable across 162 games.

"I don't see that as something that's physically possible for a lot of guys," he said. "When it comes down to the postseason, all hands on deck, and all that kind of goes out the window."

Game 3 gets underway at 8:09 p.m. Friday.

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