When the Boston Red Sox acquired lefty starter Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres, he was coming off his first All-Star selection thanks to a sparkling 2.47 ERA around the year's halfway mark. Since coming to Boston, however, Pomeranz has been inconsistent at best.
After 11 starts in 2018, manager Alex Cora is sending Pomeranz to the bullpen while he figures out his mechanics. It should be safe to say now that the Pomeranz trade was a bust for the Red Sox.
In a perfect world, I would never have to watch Drew Pomeranz pitch for the Boston Red Sox again.— Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) August 7, 2018
Pomeranz has been a mess this season. He has won just one single start (!), pitching to an ERA of 6.31 and a WHIP of 1.81. He has gone winless in his last seven starts, losing four of them with a 7.04 ERA and averaging less than five innings per appearance.
2016 was Pomeranz's breakout season as a starting pitcher, but in his 13 starts with Boston that year, he had a 4.59 ERA, finishing with a 3.32 mark between both teams. 2017 was a solid year for the lefty, going 17-6 with a 3.32 ERA, but he only lasted two-plus innings in his lone postseason start in the American League Division Series against the Houston Astros.
Pomeranz has not been effective when the Red Sox have needed him to be, and the odds of him playing a meaningful role in any future postseason series for the team are slim thanks to the addition of Nathan Eovaldi.