Following Chris Sale’s first bad outing in a Red Sox uniform on Tuesday night, the Red Sox needed Drew Pomeranz to step up and have a solid performance in the series finale on Wednesday. To everyone’s disbelief, Pomeranz went above and beyond in accomplishing this task.
Going back to Pomeranz, he was able to do something on Wednesday that he has failed to do since August 15th of last season. Pomeranz pitched 7 innings. This was a huge step in the right direction for Pomeranz, and the unexpected occurrence of Pomeranz pitching deep into a game provides a huge boost to the bullpen as it allowed them to rest after being given a hefty workload on Tuesday. The key to Pomeranz success was his control. This was the first time this season that Pomeranz hasn’t issued at least one walk. Not only did this allow him to keep his pitch count lower than normal, but it also meant that he was hitting his spots. If Pomeranz is able to consistently control all three of his pitches, there’s not reason that he can’t be the same pitcher who made it to the All-Star game last year with San Diego. However, actually being consistent is easier said than done, so it will be up to Pomeranz to prove that this start was not merely a fluke.
It is May 31st, 2017, and Pablo Sandoval made contributions that allowed the Red Sox to win a meaningful baseball game. Just as I promised that I would, I am giving him the credit that he deserves. He put the bat on the ball, used the opposite field well, and had a great first night back in the lineup. Good for him. But similar to Pomeranz, I want to see him help the team consistently. Only time will tell whether he can make an offensive impact night in and night out, and to be honest, I’m afraid to be reminded of what he looks like in the field. But for now, good job Pablo. You suck a little less today.