The Red Sox rotation needed depth. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowksi delivered Drew Pomeranz.
But it appears the lefthanded hurler is capable of not just boosting the back-end of the Sox pitching staff but also contributing atop the rotation. The Sox traded elite pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza for Pomeranz, who is on one of the hottest streaks of his career.
Here are 12 stats that show what Pomeranz has to offer the Sox.
.138: With runners in scoring position, he has allowed a .138/.192/.200 slash line in 65 at-bats, via BaseballReference.com. In those situations, he has fanned 25 batters, and allowed 19 runs on nine hits.
.171: In 73.1 innings pitched against righties, Pomeranz has allowed a .171/.250/.296 slash line.
.173: Pomeranz’s cutter, a pitch he started throwing this season, is tied with his fastball in producing the lowest batting average against (.173:) among all his pitches. He also throws a sinker, changeup, and curveball.
.184: This season, he has allowed a league-low .184 batting average against with 115 strikeouts in 102 innings pitched. His non-pitcher batting average allowed is .189.
.208: Via FanGraphs.com, in 28.2 innings pitched against lefties, Pomeranz has allowed a .208/.306/.269 slash line.
2.47: Pomeranz’s 2.47 ERA is the lowest among Red Sox starters, and fifth-best in MLB.
2.5: His 2.5 wins above replacement is second-best on the Sox, just shy of David Price’s 2.7 WAR.
4.9: Via The Washington Post, his curveball has been one of the most improved pitches in baseball this season. Pomeranz’s curveball cost his team 4.5 runs in 2015, but saved the Padres 4.9 runs in 2016.
8: Pomeranz held an 8-7 record on a Padres team that was 38-51 going into the All-Star break.
9.9: During his career, he has averaged 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings against AL East opponents. Here are his career stats against AL East opponents:
Baltimore Orioles: 3 G, 4 2/3 IP, 10 K, 0 BB, 1.93 ERA, 0.43 WHIP
New York Yankees: 3 G, 16 IP, 14 K, 1 BB, 1.13 ERA, 0.75 WHIP
Tampa Bay Rays: 2 G, 5 2/3 IP, 4 K, 0 BB, 0.00 ERA, 1.06 WHIP
Toronto Blue Jays: 3 G, 7 1/3 IP, 9 K, 5 BB, 4.91 ERA, 1.64 WHIP
10.1: This season, he has posted 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings, the highest on the Sox.
27: Pomeranz is 27 years old. The Red Sox control his contract through 2018.