Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz looks like an entirely new man after the disaster that was 2016 – year two a success
When Drew Pomeranz got traded last season at the deadline, the Red Sox were expecting a certain caliber type player. They had just gifted the San Diego Padres with Anderson Espinoza a young flame throwing right hander. At the beginning it looked like the Sox had gotten the short end of the stick as Padres GM A.J. Preller withheld medical records involving Pomeranz. Didn’t look good as Pomeranz couldn’t seem to get it right.
Year one was a borderline disaster with glimpses of what a good Pomeranz could do. Pom last season in 14 appearances, 13 of which were starts, posted a 3 – 5 record with 71 strike outs in 68 2/3rd’s innings pitched with a 4.59 ERA. This season we’re seeing someone who looks possessed. Pomeranz is a totally new pitcher and patience has rewarded both upper management and the fans.
Pomeranz this season is 10 – 4 with a 3.51 ERA with 108 strike outs in 102 2/3rd’s innings pitched. What’s more impressive? Pom has been able to pitch a quality starts in four straight, each start this month and six of his last seven. He’s 3 – 0 this month, 5 – 1 over the last two months, and 7 – 1 over his last 12 starts. Either way you look at it, Pomeranz is the second best pitching option in Boston right now, no offense to David Price.
Price has also been good, but Pomeranz has been healthy for almost the entire season, less one start he came out early for tightness. Pom Pom is only making $4.45 million this season on a one year deal and will be arbitration eligible next season. If he continues on this pace, he’s going to get a lot of money in arbitration that is if he doesn’t get locked up long term. It’s as if the Sox have had Pom and Rick Porcello switch places this season.
Pomeranz has figured it out. After tonight’s performance of one run not earned on three hits in 6 2/3rd’s innings, walking five and striking out three, it’s safe to say he’s finding his way. He threw 116 times tonight, only 65 for strikes. The total tonight was the 2nd most he’s thrown all season. It’s also the only other time this season that he’s thrown over 110 pitches in a game this year.
That number has got to be more consistent. If Pom brings the strike total up, he’ll definitely be able to go deeper in games. The Sox needed Pomeranz to pitch well tonight after the 15 inning affair the night prior. We’ve watched Pomeranz’s ERA drop steadily from May 14th’s 5.29 ERA to June 16th 4.19 ERA to July 19th’s 3.51. Only twice in the last 13 starts has he allowed more than two runs. Pom is looking like the real deal, finally.
Just imagine how ridiculous the staff would have been if Porcello was pitching like it was 2016, Pomeranz and Price continue the way they have been doing, Chris Sale continues to do his thing and that’s your four starters. The fifth starter of course being Eduardo Rodriguez who can hopefully return to form. It’s safe to say that people have very quickly forgotten about the likes of Steven Wright.
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