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Tigers report card: Rick Porcello finally had his breakout season

Three shutouts, a career-best 3.43 ERA, and over 200 innings pitched? Rick Porcello just had his best year yet. For the last five years, Rick Porcello has been identified by local and national pundits alike as a "breakout candidate." He impressed in his rookie year in 2009, allowing a 3.96 ERA in 170 2/3 innings without ever setting foot in Double A ball. After a large step back in 2010, the breakout predictions began. But year after year, Porcello only showed small improvements. Sure, his ERA and FIP got better every year, but the big jump never came. A sharp spike in his strikeout rate in...

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