On the mound for the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night opposite New York Yankees‘ Luis Severino is lefty Drew Pomeranz, 29, a Collierville, Tennessee native and former first round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2010.
Pomeranz was traded by the Indians before ever playing for them and has played for the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres in his seven year career in Major League Baseball.
An All-Star in 2016, Pomeranz was traded by the Padres to the Red Sox after the All-Star break in ’16. Since coming over to the Red Sox, Pomeranz has thrown 257 innings (49 games) with a 3.82 ERA, 1.3 H/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 9.1 K/9.
After beginning the season on the disabled list with a forearm strain, Pomeranz has just begun to find his way on the mound in 2018. Ryan Chichester of Locked on Yanks writes:
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“After a pair of clunkers, Pomeranz rebounded in his most recent start to toss six innings against the Royals, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. It was certainly an improvement over his first two starts of the year, where he allowed seven runs over 8.2 innings of work.”
Pomeranz currently has a 1-1 record with a 6.14 ERA, 1.8 H/9, 3.7 BB/9 and 8.6 K/9, well off his career marks, however, as noted above, he has been better of late and the Yankees will be catching him on an upswing.
With a roster that included Chris Carter, Chase Headley and Matt Holiday, the 2017 Yankees team saw Pomeranz five times and hit .274 off him with 5 homers—hit by Carter, Headly, Holliday, and two by Gary Sanchez.
Despite having a 3-2 record at Yankee Stadium with a 3.12 ERA, Pomeranz is in for a surprise as this year’s Yankee lineup features two of the league’s hottest hitters in Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, along with the already dangerous power hitters Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez, who has experience taking Pomeranz long.
Brooks Baseball reports that in 2018 Pomeranz has relied:
“primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (89mph) and Curve using a Knuckle Curve grip (77mph), also mixing in a Sinker (88mph) and Cutter (85mph). He also rarely throws a Change (83mph).”
Brooks Baseball describes Pomeranz’ curve as having “exceptional bite” and his four seam fastball as having “slightly below average velo.” Look for Yankee batters to take advantage of Pomeranz’ fastball, to lay off the curveball and to victimize him with the long ball tonight.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, The Yankees (24-10) and the Red Sox (25-9) haven’t met in a series with the two best records in baseball since June 2, 2002.
The stage is set for a good old fashioned American League East knock-down-drag-out matchup tonight. Severino will be looking to even up his record against Boston this season with a win today and the Bombers have shown lately that they’re never out of a game and never give up.