Red Sox: Former pitchers that failed to live up to expectations
By Rick McNair
Tom Brewer had one of the greatest curveballs I ever saw and he also got stuck playing for some semi-dreadful Red Sox teams. Brewer was a right-hander who won 19 games for the 1956 Red Sox and had double-digit wins in seven of his eight seasons – all with Boston.
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Brewer was an extremely smooth pitcher with three pitchers that he had great command of. A Brewer fastball followed by a 12-6 curve was a deadly combination. When Brewer had complete control he was simply one of the best in the league. Brewer – like far too many pitchers – was subject to fits of control issues and that resulted in a career 4.0 BB/9.
Big things were expected of Brewer, who reeled off seven straight seasons of 10+ wins for the one-time All-Star, but the last few seasons were symptomatic of a player whose arm was deteriorating. The wins – not helped by a wretched team – declined and the Brewer earned run average climbed.
Brewer was finished by age 29 due to arm and shoulder injuries that with today’s medicine could have been repaired. Still, Brewer posted 91 wins in his brief career.