Yeah, I know: the titles of my pieces make me cringe too. Eff it.
Newly acquired starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz makes his much anticipated debut for the Red Sox tonight against the San Francisco Giants at Fenway Park.
It’s funny the way things work out sometimes. Pomeranz was, of course with the San Diego Padres before Dave Dombrowski shipped top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza for him last week. So essentially, we don’t get to see how Pomeranz’ stuff translates to an American League club this time around.
Instead, he’ll be pitching against an old division rival, whom he’s had success against this season.
In three games started against Los Gigantes this season, Pomeranz has pitched very well, but has zero wins and two losses to show for it. Here’s a look at his statistical line against San Francisco in 2016:
17.1 innings pitched, six runs allowed (five earned), 13 hits, nine walks, 15 strikeouts, two home runs allowed, and a 2.60 earned run average. The Giants are hitting .206 off of him in three tries.
The numbers are definitely in “Pom” ‘s favor, but the most interesting thing, to me, is seeing how well his stuff works in Fenway Park, as opposed to the spacious pitcher’s havens of PETCO Park in San Diego and AT&T Park in San Francisco. It could work to Pomeranz’ advantage in getting used to how his new home park plays by facing a team he’s been very good against this season.
Yes, it’s not exactly a must win game tonight, but it does happen to fall on the final homestand of July for the Sox, and they’re fortunate to miss Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. I’d say winning tonight’s game against Matt Cain is more than possible (things we never said in 2012). The Red Sox have to take advantage of things like this, especially as we get deeper into the second half of the season.