Pomeranz will start Game 2 of the ALDS against the Astros, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports. With Chris Sale set to start Game 1, Pomeranz will get the ball for Game 2. The 28-year-old compiled a respectable 3.32 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 173.2 innings during the regular season.
Pomeranz gave up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three in six innings Saturday against the Astros en route to picking up his 17th win of the season. The Red Sox clinched the AL East title with this win, so Chris Sale will not pitch Sunday and will instead take the ball for Game 1 of the ALDS. This sets up Pomeranz to start Game 2 against the Astros. He finished the regular season with a 3.32 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 174 strikeouts in 173.2 innings.
Pomeranz may not make his scheduled start Saturday if the Red Sox clinch the AL East on Friday night, Ian Browne of MLB.com suggests. Manager John Farrell did not explicitly say that Pomeranz would be scratched from Saturday's start if the Red Sox win Friday, but it would make sense if that decision was made in that scenario, particularly with Pomeranz not having his typical velocity his last time out. A final call on Pomeranz's status will be made either after Friday's contest or at some point Saturday morning.
Pomeranz has experienced a dip in velocity recently, Bill Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports. Pomeranz's decreased fastball velocity was all the buzz post-game Monday when the left-hander exited after two-plus innings, but manager John Farrell downplayed it, suggesting that the calendar and the number of innings thrown has more to do with it than anything physical. When velocity is down, a pitcher needs to locate and Pomeranz didn't do it Monday.
Pomeranz (16-6) allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk across just two innings while taking the loss Monday against the Blue Jays. He did not record a strikeout. Pomeranz allowed a solo home run in the first inning before he was tagged for four runs on five hits and a walk in the second. He fell behind in the count on several occasions and worked up to 47 pitches before his removal ahead of the third. This poor outing comes as something of a surprise, as the lefty had delivered four quality starts in his last five. He will look to get back on track in his final regular-season start Saturday against the Astros.
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