DREW POMERANZ and RICK PORCELLO
In entertainment, there is something called a “second banana “ or someone simply not as important as someone else – often overlooked. Drew Pomeranz and Rick Porcello could certainly be two pitchers who become the crème de la crème of the post season.
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Pomeranz has been a pleasant surprise since May when I was certainly not alone in confining the curve ball lefty to another dismal failure in Red Sox trade history. Suddenly Pomeranz or not so suddenly has emerged as one of the best pitchers in the American League.
Last season in his first playoff Pomeranz did nothing against Cleveland nor did Rick Porcello. Porcello has been remarkably consistent in his playoff history – quite similar to the consistency I once had with a Ford Fairlane that would refuse to start in the rain. Porcello is 0-3 in the playoffs and the Ford went to the car crusher.
This season Porcello has the unique opportunity to go from leading the league in wins to leading the league in losses. With a few more starts Porcello could even lose 20 games. That alone should provide a world of incentive to rescue a season from pitching hell.
Laying any odds is the business of Las Vegas, but the odds for Porcello would be off the charts. For Pomeranz, I would say he could rise to the occasion and be a lefty hero.