Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has pitched great this postseason
Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi has been the team’s best pitcher this postseason. Dave Dombrowski was right in acquiring him at the deadline.
The Boston Red Sox are going to the World Series for the first time in five years. This team is so different from the previous two teams that made the postseason. This Sox team has played with passion and belief that they can win it all and it all starts from the top.
Dave Dombrowski bringing in Alex Cora really put a different voice in the clubhouse. Cora has been honest with the players and the media saying it like it is and not making excuses. Mookie Betts seems more confident at the plate and put up MVP numbers. Also, they finally got their power hitter in J.D. Martinez who also had a great season.
During the postseason, Betts started off quiet and so did Martinez, only hitting one home run against the Yankees in the ALDS. Bradley really stepped up big in the ALCS and also Nathan Eovaldi.
Dombrowski took so much heat for not getting bullpen help at the trade deadline. Instead, he traded for the starting pitcher from Tampa Bay and sent lefty Jalen Beeks to the Rays.
When the Sox traded for Eovaldi Dombrowski said according to Zachary Silver of MLB.com
"“He’s a guy that fit for us. We thought it was appropriate to move quickly rather than to wait for uncertainties, We figured let’s go ahead and try to get the deal done.”"
Dombrowski couldn’t have been more right in trading for the righty. He’s 2-0 this postseason with a 1.88 ERA. In fourteen innings pitched he’s given up only three runs and has ten strikeouts with a 0.977 WHIP. He really fits well for this team when it matters most. During this great postseason run, we’ve seen Chris Sale be subpar due to what is being reported as a stomach bug. For Eovaldi to be that next guy to step up and pitch well in clutch situations is huge.
The World Series begins on Tuesday and we can assume Chris Sale pitches Game 1 and David Price for Game 2. Eovaldi will most likely pitch Game 3.
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You can expect Eovaldi to pitch well in the World Series too. This is why Dombrowski acquired him so he can be used in these situations. Even his velocity is great. His fastball averages to 97.6 mph, his cutter is 93 mph, and his slider and splitter are in the upper 80’s. You can probably say he’s the best postseason pitcher the Red Sox have right now. Even after the great performance by Price in Game 5 of the ALCS. Eovaldi has been consistent every time he’s on the mound while Price can be up and down.
Eovaldi went into Yankee Stadium for Game 3 of the ALDS and shut them down which is really not an easy thing to do. He then pitched again in Game 3 of the ALCS and shut Houston down. He also had a great relief appearance in Game 5.
This is why Dombrowski got him at the deadline because he knew they could use him in the playoffs even with a questionable bullpen. Dombrowski has won that trade and is on the path to a World Series Title.