It's been an interesting season for Pomeranz. He's battled injuries, struggled to pitch deep into games and been hit hard in a few poor outings. However, he's still managed to post a mediocre 4.07 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with an impressive 10.1 K/9. Additionally, he's allowed two runs or fewer in 11 of 14 starts. Pomeranz's strikeout upside keeps him on the fantasy radar, and the lefty owns the potential to be a quick riser up the ranks if he puts it all together. He projects to face the Twins at Fenway Park in his next start.
He threw 97 pitches (60 strikes) and got a quick hook in the seventh inning after serving up a solo homer to Brian McCann, but Pomeranz was still able to supply his fifth quality start of the season. The left-hander will next take the mound Wednesday in Kansas City.
After a three-game stretch of effective pitching that featured swing-and-miss stuff and produced three straight wins, Pomeranz reverted back to the inefficient hurler who can't make it through five frames. The left-hander has failed to reach the minimum number of innings to qualify for a win in five of his 12 starts this season. He's thrown just 60.1 innings, averaging a tick over five per start. Pomeranz is next scheduled to start Friday, the first of a three-game set in Houston against the Astros, who rank second in runs per game (5.46) and first in batting average (.277).
Pomeranz yielded an unearned run on a throwing error by Mookie Betts in the second inning and was only scored upon again on a solo home run by Chris Carter in the fifth. He labored at times, throwing a season-high 123 pitches as he struggled to put away hitters, which caused his removal after just five frames. Pomeranz was ineffective at times during the opening portion of the season, but he has pitched quite well over his last four outings en route to a 2.04 ERA, an impressive 32:5 K:BB and a 3-0 record over 22 innings during that span. He will look to keep it rolling Sunday against the Tigers.
Pomeranz was dinged for a run in the second inning, then dominated while ceding just four singles over his final five frames. He's been brilliant in his last two starts, pitching around the zone with 19 strikeouts and just one walk in 13 innings. Primarily a fastball-curveball pitcher earlier in the year, the lefty has introduced more cutters in recent outings, and having that third pitch makes him less predictable. Pomeranz will next pitch Tuesday in New York against the Yankees.
Pomeranz totaled just 10 innings in his previous three starts, including a four-inning outing five days ago after which he and manager John Farrell had a heated discussion in the dugout. There was no such acrimony Thursday, as the left-hander went six innings for the first time in five starts and delivered an efficient 96-pitch, bullpen-saving effort. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday on the road against the White Sox and Mike Pelfrey.
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