Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Pomeranz And Wright Likely to Have 'Swing' Roles In '17

Now that Clay Buchholz will be toiling in the City Of Brotherly Love, the make-up of the 2017 Red Sox rotation is much clearer. Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez should be the four locked-in starters. E-Rod has no real experience in a relief role—while both Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright do. As Paul Swydan of points out, the latter two have performed either better in the 'pen (Pomeranz) or about the same as in their starting roles (Wright). While the career sample sizes are relatively small for both, the fact remains that they at least have been relievers before. Of course, this is an extremely positive situation for manager John Farrell—he can 'mix and match' Pomeranz and Wright as fifth starters whenever the circumstances dictate. And, if Boston does make it to the post-season, they will have three formidable starters to go into a short series in Sale, Price and Porcello.