Red Sox Starting Pitcher Roenis Elias Struggles In Rehab Outing With The Paw Sox
Roenis Elias started his 2nd rehab game for the Paw Sox on the season Tuesday night against the Syracuse Chiefs. In his 1st appearance with the Paw Sox on July 27th at Toledo Mud Hens, he went 3 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, and 2 strikeouts on 60 pitches (38 strikes). That induced one home run.
On Tuesday, Elias struggled in 5 innings of work tonight. In 5 innings of work, he gave up 8 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts on 80 pitches (51 strikes). Of those 7 runs that Elias gave up, 6 of them came via the home run. Those home runs were curtsy of Neftali Soto, who hit two off of Elias, and one from Zach Collier.
Elias had his fast ball sitting at 92-93 mph for the entire night. At times, he was able to reach 94 mph. He did have trouble locating at times which caused a lot of loud contact.
Elias struggled tonight and it started in the 2nd inning. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Elias gave up a run in the 2nd inning. After a lead off single by Clint Robinson, Michael Almanzar hit a 2 out single to drive him in. Then in the 3rd inning the Chiefs scored 2 more runs. That was thanks to a 2 run home run by Neftali Soto to right field into the away teams bullpen. That gave the Syracuse Chiefs a 3-0 lead.
In the 4th inning, the Chiefs blew it open. After giving up singles to Pedro Severino and Emmanuel Burriss, Zach Collier hit a 3 run home run deep over the Chiefs bullpen to give the Chiefs a 6-0 lead.
The final run given up by Elias on the night was on the first pitch of the 5th inning. Neftali Soto hit a solo home run over the left field berm. That was the second home run of the night for Soto. After Elias came out of the game, Soto hit another home run off of Edgar Olmos. That was his 3rd home run of the night. He did have a chance to hit 4 home runs on the night, but he flew out deep to center fielder Tzu-Wei Lin to end the 8th.
Analyzing Elias Tonight
Roenis Elias had his fastball working at 92-93 tonight with reaching 94 at times. He did struggle with his command which led to loud hit balls. Of the 3 home runs that he gave up, they were all on fastballs right down the middle. Anytime you are throwing 92-93 right down the middle to middle to professional hitters, you will get hit hard.
Roenis Elias has been seen as a possible spot starter for the Boston Red Sox. But as of right now, he doesn’t seem to be right mechanically. Tonight you could see that he was around the middle of the plate, which led to loud outs. This shows that Roenis Elias will need to start showing that he could work on the corners before they even think about pitching him in Boston.
Right now, Elias would be relatively low on the possible spot starters for the Red Sox. Off the bat, you have to assume that Brian Johnson and Hector Velasquez would be ahead of Elias on the depth chart. Or Jalen Beeks who has been impressive with the Paw Sox so far this season. Once Elias is done with his rehab stint, you have to assume that he will be optioned to stay in AAA Pawtucket.