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The Resurgence of Drew Pomeranz in the Starting Rotation

Photo Credit: Bob DeChiara

Since returning to the American League last season, Drew Pomeranz has found himself at home in 2017 in a Boston Red Sox uniform.

Pomeranz, who sits at 10-4 with a 3.57 ERA, has not suffered a loss since a was credited with his first loss since a 4.1-inning showing when he allowed five runs June 11 against the Detroit Tigers.

The BoSox right-handed starter has won six of their last seven games when Pomeranz starts on the hill and he also won five of his last six.

Pomeranz didn’t pitch poorly Tuesday, a 6-5 extra-innings loss to the Seattle Mariners. He tossed five innings, allowed four, three earned runs and fanned seven. He had only one mistake – leaving a fastball up in the zone to Guillermo Heredia, who launched a 3-run home run in the bottom of the second.

Pomeranz didn’t return to the hill in the bottom of the six because his pitch count was already at 105, which has been an issue all season for him.

The 28-year-old, 6-foot-6 southpaw has improved each month. Pomeranz posted a 4.30 ERA in May, improved his June ERA to 3.00 and even enhanced his numbers further in July with a 3-0 record and 3.03 ERA.

Drew Pomeranz appeared in his first and only All-Star game in 2016, yet 2017 it trending towards a career-year for him.

He is two wins away from surpassing his total from last season and is on pace to exceed his 2016 strikeout mark (186) which happened to be a career-high.

Pomeranz was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and had his MLB debut as a starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies late in the 2011 season. In his official rookie season, he went 2-9 in 22 starts.

After failing to make the 2013 roster, Pomeranz joined the team in June, and made four starts before getting sent down to Triple-A. He wasn’t recalled until September when he came out of the bullpen for four appearances.

In 21.2 innings that season, Pomeranz walked 19. In December of 2014, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics to be a member of the bullpen.

The Athletics used him as a spot starter and a primary bullpen arm. He had 53 appearances in 2015, that included three saves.

Pomeranz was traded to the San Diego Padres in December of 2015, where he was once again a starter, who had a first-half worthy of an All-Star appearance. He was traded to the Red Sox before the start of the second-half of the 2016 season.

Pomeranz has found a home in Boston as he has posted a 6-2 record at Fenway this season with a 3.93 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.

He has also found success against his AL East opponents with a record of 6-2, which could play a vital role down the stretch with 33 games remaining against the Blue Jays, Orioles, Rays and Yankees.

Pomeranz searches for a win today against the Kansas City Royals as he takes the mound for his 100th career start.

 

 

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