Red Sox Pitcher Roenis Elias Improves In His Start With Paw Sox
Roenis Elias pitched well in his 4th start with the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday night. In 6 2/3 innings, he gave up 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts on 90 pitches (61 strikes). When you look at his last start on August 6th at Scranton, he went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs, 3 home runs, 0 walks, and 3 strikeouts on 84 pitches (58 strikes). On the season with Pawtucket in 3 starts, he was 0-3, with a 10.54 ERA in 13 2/3.
Tonight Elias had better command and was able to keep the ball in the ball park. In his 3 other starts for AAA Pawtucket, he gave up a total of 7 home runs in 13 2/3 innings. However, he could have given up another home run to Richie Shaffer in the 1st inning. With 2 outs, Shaffer hit one to the warning track in left field in front of the Paw Sox bullpen. But Brian Bogusevic was able to bring the ball back into play.
What was even more impressive is that he was able to get strikeouts with his breaking balls. For a left handed pitcher that only throws around 94, That is very impressive.
Analyzing Elias Tonight
Roenis Elias pitched well tonight for the Paw Sox. He was able to get swings and misses on his breaking ball to strike batters out. In total, he was able to get 3 swing and misses for strikeouts on his breaking ball. For a pitcher like Elias, that is a huge boost for him.
Tonight his fastball was consistently sitting at 94 mph. He was able to get two strikeouts on his fastball. One swinging, and one looking. But he was throwing strikes on a consistent basis. That was the most important part. On the night, he was throwing 68% of his pitches for strikes.
He actually had a chance to give up only 3 hits on the night, but he gave up a shot to Matt Dominguez at 3rd base. That ate him up, which led to a hit. Then in the 5th inning, Yandy Diaz hit a ball to right field that went off of glove of Steve Selsky. That was ruled a double.
The most important part for Elias tonight was that he was able to be effective while throwing strikes. Like I said, 68% of his pitches were for strikes. If he is able to do that on a consistent basis, he might be a viable option for the Red Sox. Yes this only one start, but it is a start for Elias who has struggled during his rehab this season.
Elias is currently on the 60-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. If he is able to give the Red Sox something down the road this season, that is a huge plus. However, they still need to give him a place on the 40-man roster. The team would need to designate someone off of the 40-man roster for him to pitch in Boston. But to even think about having Elias pitch for the Red Sox, he needs to show more consistency like how he pitched tonight.