Game 12 vs. Baltimore Orioles: Mike Timlin

There comes a time, whenever a key player is acquired, when you take stock in the acquisition and determine if the pickup was a good decision for the team. For some, this happens to be right after the new player totally bombs. Other times it's after a few starts of continued success.

The Red Sox acquired Rick Porcello for Yoenis Céspedes during the off-season, and if we were to take stock before his 3rd start as a member of the Red Sox, we would be pumping our fists and high fiving our neighbors. The 26 year old right hander has so far come as advertised. For a team without a defined ace, Porcello might fill that role on the days he pitches.

Mike Timlin, a 2004 and 2007 World Series champion with the Boston Red Sox, also came as advertised when he joined the team in 2003. He shut down the opposition in the late innings, and occasionally closed out a few games.  The same cannot be said for Timlin's Baltimore days. He saved a bunch of games for the O's in 1999, but was shipped out of town at the trade deadline in 2000 with an ERA approaching 5.00. 

The hope here is the ghost of Red Sox Timlin will guide Porcello to victory today!