When Red Sox’ President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski pulled the trigger on the Drew Pomeranz (8-7, 2.47 ERA) for Anderson Espinoza trade last week it was confirmation for what many believed has been Dombrowski’s mindset for the past few months.
There’s no doubt. He’s “going for it.”
Dombrowski’s signing of David Price (9-7, 4.36 ERA) for a cool $217 million was his big move of this past offseason and his trade for the Padres’ lefty is his biggest in-season move. The success or failure of Pomeranz and Price will determine whether or not the Red Sox will be playing meaningful October baseball, for sure, because the Sox desperately need their pitching stars to perform like pitching stars.
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All eyes will be on Pomeranz Wednesday night when he makes his Red Sox debut at Fenway Park against the San Francisco Giants (7 p.m., NESN). Pomeranz has already faced the Giants three times this season, and the Padres lost all three games, but the jury is still out on whether or not he can handle San Fran’s lineup. The Giants totaled three earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings against him on April 25 in a 5-4 San Fran win. On May 18, the Giants scored just two earned runs on four hits in 6.0 innings off of Pomeranz in a 2-1 San Fran win. Finally, on May 23 Pomerantz did not allow a run and gave up just two hits in 7.0 innings but the Padres still lost, 1-0.
With a much healthier offense in Boston, Pomeranz should certainly get better opportunities for wins. The Padres hit just .244 as a team, ranking 24th in MLB, while the Red Sox place No. 1, with a .289 mark.
Price, meanwhile, is next scheduled to start on Saturday at Fenway against Minnesota. While the Red Sox are the best hitting team in baseball, for whatever reason the offense tends to go quiet when Price is on the mound. In Price’s last three losses, the Sox have scored a grand total of three runs.