Pomeranz tossed four scoreless innings while giving up just one hit and one walk and striking out four in Friday's spring win over the Indians. Pomeranz's ERA sits at 5.00 even after Friday's start, so the results have been mixed early on. The veteran southpaw does have nine strikeouts over nine innings, highlighting the value he brings in fantasy (8.71 career K/9). Pomeranz posted an ERA above 3.66 for the first time in four years last season (6.08 ERA over 74 innings with the Red Sox), but there is potential for a bounce-back campaign with his strikeout stuff moving to pitcher-friendly AT&T Park.
Pomeranz agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Pomeranz battled injuries for much of last campaign, throwing just 74 innings and posting an ugly 6.08 ERA. That number was well-deserved, as his strikeout rate fell 4.3 points to 19.2 percent, while his walk rate jumped 3.5 points to 12.8 percent. There's no guarantee the injury issues will dissipate over the offseason, but the lefty did manage four straight seasons with an ERA no higher than 3.66 from 2014 to 2017, so there's certainly upside in the move for San Francisco. A move to a very pitcher-friendly home park will also help boost his value.
Pomeranz was added to Boston's World Series roster Tuesday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Pomeranz replaced Brandon Workman, giving the Red Sox one more lefty in the bullpen. He had a poor season in 2018, getting hit around to the tune of a 6.20 ERA. He's thrown 5.2 innings in the playoffs so far in his career, allowing six runs.
Pomeranz allowed five runs on three hits and two walks in one third of an inning in Wednesday's 9-8 win over the Braves. Five of the six batters Pomeranz faced reached base safely as the Braves seemingly put the game out of reach before Boston's madcap rally in later innings pulled out the win. For Pomeranz, it was a big step back after a string of encouraging performances and likely eliminates the possibility of the left-hander returning to the starting rotation. At this point, a spot on the postseason roster may be jeopardy. He could make a spot start over the final weeks of the season to give a rotation regular a break, but the bullpen will be his main role for the rest of the season.
Hector Velazquez, and not Pomeranz, will start Wednesday against the Braves, Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports. Manager Alex Cora was considering giving the start to Pomeranz, but said he likes the way the left-hander is throwing out of the bullpen. Pomeranz could be used as a multi-inning reliever Wednesday depending on how long Velazquez goes.