Wednesday, July 20, 2016

No Pressure, Drew. But You'd Better Win Tonight, Buddy!

New Red Sox Starting Pitcher Drew Pomeranz
Welcome to Boston, Drew Pomeranz! Settle in, hit the North End for some pizza at Regina's (we'll get you to the front of the line, don't worry) and relaaaax. Uh, except tonight, you better beat the Giants! Boston's new lefty rotation member is no 'Spring Chicken'—he's 27 years old (28 in November) and his success this year (8-4, 2.47 ERA) inevitably raises questions about whether it's just all smoke and mirrors. When drafted, he was seen to be a savior for the Indians (5th overall pick in 2010). Just over a year later he was essentially a "throw in" in a deal to the Rockies that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians. In six years, he's pitched just 73 times in the American League (for Oakland in 2014-5), so it's probably good that his first start is against an NL opponent (although there will be a DH at Fenway tonight). How he fares against "pitcher-free" lineups in an AL Pennant Race will be the true test of his value—both long and short-term. So, Drew baby—go get 'em. Or else.