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Pomeranz is Boston’s Dark Horse

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Drew Pomeranz is the Boston Red Sox’s Dark Horse

If Chris Sale is the Boston Red Sox’s ticket-to-ride, Drew Pomeranz is their dark horse bringing up the rear. Including the clinic he put on Saturday night, the 28-year-old has now matched a career-high in wins with 11 (David Price has 5, but I digress). 

In a single season, Pomeranz has gone from an indefensible underperformer to a guy pitching like a solid 2-starter behind Chris Sale. No one could have predicted this.

With a WAR of 2.5, Drew Pomeranz is the reason that the Red Sox are not currently neck and neck with the Yankees in the AL East. It may sound like homer hyperbole, but I assure you it is not. Let’s face it: Chris Sale cannot be the only successful starter this team has.

The Boston Red Sox Sox possess a team ERA of 3.71, which is the 3rd best in all of baseball. After his most recent win, Pomeranz has a well below the mean ERA of 3.36. Remove him from the equation, and this pitching staff is immensely thinner.

But, there is a hook.

No, literally there’s a hook: Pomeranz has a  screwballer’s approach to dissecting the strike-zone. In his most effective season to date, 30% of Drew’s pitches have been his uncopyrighted knuckle-curve. A kid who has plus fastball location and low to mid 90’s velocity, has thrown 30% curveballs.

This visibly betrays just how deceptive a pitch his hook is to opposing hitters. Although it generates whiffs innumerable, his approach to pitching has its downfalls. He’s not exactly attacking the strike-zone here.

In order for Pomeranz to be as potent an arm as he has been in 2017, he has to conservatively dance around batters. This careful choreography makes him an inefficient pitcher, in terms of pitch-count. He’s working with polka-dot sized room for error. He really has to surgically locate this killer hook to stay effectual, namely after his first time through the opposing order. This is something he has done consistently in 2017, and we’re now seeing the product of such precision.

Disputably, Pomeranz has a secret-ingredient here akin to Mariano Rivera‘s cutter. And where do these pitcher’s with specialty pitches truly belong? In the bullpen.

A Reliever In The Making

What amplifies the appeal of Drew Pomeranz is his flexibility. He’s more than willing to pitch in any capacity, be it starting or coming out of the bullpen. If done coherently, John Farrell could leverage this chess-piece as an Andrew Miller type all-purpose reliever.

We saw Pomeranz in this prototypical role, last year against Cleveland in the ALDS. In the 2 games where he had an opportunity to work out of the bullpen, he didn’t exactly perform at the zenith of his ability. He posted a 4.91 ERA in 3 ⅔ innings pitched (but he did have 7 K’s). It’s the pliability and the willingness to conform to the role that the Red Sox need him in, that makes this kid so valuable. With more experience, Pomeranz could surely harness his latent relieving talent. The stuff is so glaringly there.

He’s having a career year as a starter, but if every cog was turning for this rotation, Pomeranz would be better suited coming out of the pen. He could consume innings manifold, and provide needed recovery time for the other bullpen arms. To give him ample adjustment time, he should make the move before October.

Whenever David Price is ready to return, Farrell could comfortably dispatch Pomeranz to the pen. This would allow him to capitalize on the momentum he has already generated as a starter. Regardless of how he’s used, the evolution of Drew Pomeranz is something to behold here in Boston. He’s a suppressed secret-weapon that can no longer be ignored.

Columnist operating out of Manchester, NH. Retired pitcher (unprofessional not amateur). Voracious consumer of all things Celtics and Red Sox. Sometimes I produce content as well.

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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez

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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez

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Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’

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Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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