It’s no surprise to anyone that the Red Sox weakest part of the team is their pitching. Both the starters and the bullpen have had bright spots but many dark spots as well. Last night just further that; Pomeranz went just 5 innings allowing 4 runs on 6 hits; pushing his ERA on the year to a whopping 6.81.
Once again Pomeranz left a mess for Steven Wright to come in and clean up. Wright came in and pitched 3 innings allowing 1 hit while striking out 4, but he also walked 3 batters. Not ideal but, I’ll take that over allowing 4+ runs every time Pomeranz toes the rubber.
To me the decision has to be made to instead of having Wright come in to clean up after Pomeranz pukes all over himself; just have him take his spot in the rotation. I would say that would solve the problem but Pomeranz will still need to see innings out of the bullpen likely in a long relief position and that’s something he has yet to demonstrate this year effectively.
If this trend continues for the next few weeks or even months I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Sox call up Jalen Beeks for a few spots starts. Beeks is dominating in Pawtucket this year. So far he has posted a 2.50 ERA in 56.1 innings of work. If he continues down that path, I have a feeling the 24-year-old will be making his MLB debut in the near future.
-Kevin Perdios (@Perdios95)