It’s about darn time the Boston Red Sox shook up their starting pitching rotation.
Yeah, there are some guys in it who are getting the job done, but someone named Drew Pomeranz wasn’t, so it was time to make a change. It looks like the team made a couple of changes which is great.
The Red Sox put Pomeranz on the Disabled List because he was “hurt”. The same day, the team just so happened to give Steven Wright a “spot start” to give the guys in the rotation an extra day off even though the Sox were off on Monday.
Anyways… Wright threw seven scoreless innings in his outing--his first MLB start in about 13 months. It was against the Tigers, who have a losing record, but they’re an MLB team. That counts for something and he couldn’t really be worse than Drew Pomeranz and that 7.00 ERA, especially when teams aren’t really prepared for the knuckleball.
Oh yeah, and the team is giving PawSox ace Jalen Beeks a spot start on Thursday. The lefty is 3-3 with a 2.56 ERA in 10 starts for the Triple-A club this season. It’s worth noting that he has struck out 80 batters in 56.1 innings while holding the opposition to a .197 BAA. .
I watched Beeks’ first start for the PawSox this season and he did well. He struck out eight batters in four innings. Not sure if he is ready to pitch in the big leagues yet but hey, it doesn’t hurt to try him out against a team with a losing record, right?
Regardless of how Beeks does, the Red Sox are trying to find a rotation upgrade over Drew Pomeranz, and they deserve credit for it. Besides, they could use another lefty reliever, so maybe Pomeranz could be serviceable in that kind of a role.