Drew Pomeranz, Boston’s big pitching acquisition to bolster the starting rotation, did not make a good impression in his first outing for the Red Sox.
All was going well for lefty, Drew Pomeranz, in the early stages of his Red Sox debut Wednesday night. He did not give up a run to the San Francisco Giants through the first three innings, but that changed quickly when he came back out for 4th, after sitting for over 20 minutes.
Pomeranz appeared to lose his command and was no longer fooling Giants hitters. After letting up 5 runs without recording an out in the inning, he was pulled and his debut was over. He ended the night having given up two home runs as well. It was certainly not a good first impression for Pomeranz.
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After his bad outing, many fans, whom are already disgruntled with Boston’s pitching, will be saying the trade is a bust for the Red Sox. The truth of the matter is that it is still too early to tell. It would still have been too early to tell even if he had gone out there and thrown a no-hitter.
Add to the fact that he was facing a National League lineup, and tonight’s game just does not serve as a good indicator for what is to come. Was it just an outlier, or was Pomeranz perhaps pitching above his actual ability in San Diego?
A possible factor in his meltdown in the 4th is that Pomeranz was not as used to sitting between innings for as long as he did. While with the Padres, he was pitching for a team that rarely generated a great deal of offense. His time on the bench between innings was often brief. If this really was a problem for him, he is going to need to adjust rather quickly, seeing as his new team boasts one of baseball’s best offenses.
The most important thing is that fans should give it another 3-4 games before passing judgement on their new pitcher. After a few more starts Boston will get a better picture of what they have gotten in return for top prospect, Anderson Espinoza.