Pivetta allowed one run on one hit while striking out one over two innings in Wednesday's spring game against the Twins.
Pivetta allowed a wind-blown home run to Mitch Garver in the first inning but was sharp otherwise. He retired six of eight batters, which included an error behind him, as he took the first step toward winning a spot in the rotation. The right-hander prepared for this opportunity during the offseason and could end up as Boston's fourth or fifth starter.
Pivetta will start against Minnesota on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Pivetta is one of six pitchers that will start for Boston during the first week of the Grapefruit League, as the Red Sox will work with a six-man rotation early in camp. They have not committed to the six-man rotation for the regular season, so Pivetta is not assured of a spot in the rotation. However, he's out of minor-league options, so it appears he will make the Opening Day roster.
Pivetta threw an inning against teammates Tuesday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Pivetta, who is battling for a rotation spot, featured a wicked slider that fooled Rafael Devers. "He did a good job toward the end of last season. He did a good job at the alternate [training] site and he just wants to keep improving. And this is a guy we trust," said manager Alex Cora. Pivetta had a nice two-start run at the end of 2020, allowing two runs and striking out 13 over 10 innings, and the Red Sox are excited about the right-hander they acquired from Philadelphia in 2020.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Pivetta is not a lock to make the rotation, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
Pivetta, who was acquired from the Phillies in 2020, started two games late last season, allowing two runs on eight hits in 10 innings while striking out 13. He's squarely in the mix for the fifth starter's job -- or sixth if Boston goes with a six-man rotation early -- along with Tanner Houck, Matt Andriese and possibly Rule 5 pick Garrett Whitlock.
Pivetta (2-0) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in a win over the Braves on Sunday.
The Boston rotation was brutal all season long, but Pivetta provided a glimmer of hope for the future with his performance after getting called up from the alternate site. Pivetta allowed just two earned runs on eight hits while posting a 13:5 K:BB in his two starts with the Red Sox (10 innings). He had a 15.88 ERA in his first three appearances before coming over from Philadelphia in an August trade.
Pivetta will start the Red Sox's season finale Sunday in Atlanta, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Pivetta provided a much-needed lift to the Boston rotation in his team debut Tuesday, striking out eight over five innings of one-run ball to pick up a win over the Orioles. The Red Sox are eager to evaluate Pivetta for a spot in the 2021 rotation, so it's no surprise that he'll get the opportunity to try and build on his strong outing this weekend. While Pivetta lines up for a stiff test against baseball's best offense (123 wRC+), the Braves could be resting several lineup regulars Sunday if the team is already locked into its spot in the National League playoffs.
Pivetta (1-0) earned the win Tuesday against the Orioles. He allowed one run on four hits and three walks while fanning eight across five innings.
Pivetta was recalled ahead of Tuesday's start and impressed in his debut with the Red Sox, fanning eight and looking dominant on the mound most of the time. The Red Sox want to check what they have in Pivetta, so he figures to be in line to pitch in the team's season finale Sunday against Atlanta.
Pivetta was recalled by the Red Sox ahead of his start Tuesday against the Orioles.
Pivetta will make his debut with the Red Sox on Tuesday while also making his first start of 2020. The right-hander struggled during game action out of the bullpen with the Phillies earlier this year, but he's impressed at the Red Sox's alternate training site. If he impresses Tuesday, he could pitch in the team's season finale against Atlanta on Sunday as well.
Pivetta will start Tuesday's game against the Orioles, Christopher Smith of The Springfield Republican reports.
Pivetta will debut with the Red Sox at home Tuesday after getting off to a rough start with the Phillies this season. The right-hander made three relief appearances earlier in the year, recording a 15.88 ERA and 1.94 WHIP over 5.2 innings. Pivetta's strikeout rate has dropped over the past two seasons, and he hasn't thrown more than 44 pitches in any of his outings in 2020.
Manager Ron Roenicke said that he expects Pivetta to be recalled from the Red Sox's alternate site and join the rotation at some point next week, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Specifically, Roenicke suggested that Pivetta would be a strong possibility to start Tuesday's game against the Orioles, which would set the right-hander up for another outing in the Sept. 27 season finale in Atlanta, assuming Boston sticks with a five-man rotation. Given the infrequency of pitchers receiving two starts in a given week -- especially at the end of the season -- Pivetta could make for a sneaky pickup in AL-only or deeper mixed leagues. Fantasy managers looking to roster Pivetta should recognize the risk he carries in the ratio categories (career 5.50 ERA, 1.43 WHIP), but he could really move the needle in the strikeout category (career 24.4 K%) if he's able to work deep enough into his starts.
Pivetta is being stretched out at the team's alternate training camp site, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Pivetta hasn't pitched as a starter for a while, so the Red Sox will allow the right-hander time to build up his pitch count. With Boston's starting rotation in shambles, the Red Sox need immediate support, but Pivetta will need at least a couple of weeks to be extended.
Pivetta will stay at the alternate training site in Pawtucket while the team assesses how he can help the Red Sox in 2020, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Pivetta pitched in relief for the Phillies in 2020 before Boston acquired him, but he was a starter in Philadelphia prior to this season. The Red Sox have a desperate need for starting pitching, and it looks like they are going to evaluate the right-hander in Pawtucket for possible use in the rotation. "It's getting to know him, talking about what he thinks he needs to progress," Boston manager Ron Roenicke said. "We want him as a starter and he wants to start. [GM] Chaim [Bloom] and I talked this morning and we want to get to know him first before we figure out does he come join us and jump right in the rotation, or is it better for him to stay there for a little bit and work on some things?" Pivetta is 18-28 with a 5.42 ERA over 71 career starts.
Pivetta was traded from the Phillies to the Red Sox on Friday in exchange for Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree.
Pivetta was recently sent to the Phillies' alternate training site, but he'll now get a fresh start with a new organization. The right-hander wasn't able to put things together to begin the season as he posted a 15.88 ERA and 1.94 WHIP over 5.2 innings in three relief appearances. While the Red Sox no longer have two of their top bullpen arms, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said that the team views Pivetta as a starter, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. He'll report to the Red Sox's secondary site in Pawtucket to begin his time with the team.
Pivetta was optioned off the Phillies' active roster Tuesday.
Pivetta failed to earn a rotation spot this summer and now doesn't have a bullpen job either. It's not hard to see why, as he's allowed 10 runs in 5.2 innings of work across three relief appearances this season. He'll need to figure things out at the Phillies' alternate training site if he's to earn another chance.
Pivetta won't start any of the Phillies' first five games, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Pivetta lines up as the Phillies' top alternative should the team need an additional starter, at least until top prospect Spencer Howard is deemed ready to go. He could have had a chance to earn at least one start early with Zach Eflin battling back spasms throughout camp, but Eflin has been deemed ready to go, so Pivetta will head to the bullpen for now.
Pivetta remains in the rotation conversation after throwing four scoreless innings in an intrasquad game Thursday without allowing a single hit, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Pivetta and Vince Velasquez are the primary competitors for the Phillies' final rotation spot this season, with both earning praise in recent days after impressing in intrasquad action. It's possible both pitchers open in the rotation, as there are questions surrounding both Zach Eflin's back spasms and Zack Wheeler's anticipated paternity leave. It's also possible neither pitcher is in the rotation for long, as the team's top pitching prospect Spencer Howard has looked good in camp as well and is expected to push for opportunities early in the season.
Pivetta could be on the outside looking in for the final spot in the starting rotation, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Vince Velasquez has put on a strong performance early in summer training and appears to have the upper hand with just over a week before Opening Day. Regardless, Pivetta will remain stretched out, as the protocols for any player who potentially has COVID-19 could quickly open up a spot in the rotation. Zack Wheeler is also expected to miss some time early in the season while on paternity leave, so at least some starting chances will be available.
Pivetta's shot at a rotation spot could take a hit with a shortened schedule, as that could lead to the Phillies promoting Spencer Howard for the start of the season, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Pivetta was already seemingly an underdog in a battle with Vince Velasquez and Ranger Suarez for the Phillies' final rotation spot. His 8.22 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 7.2 spring innings didn't exactly help his case. If Howard is indeed given the job from the start of the campaign, all three of those pitchers would be consigned to a bullpen role (if they even start the campaign in the majors). Pivetta would need at least one and possibly multiple injuries ahead of him if he's to end up in a fantasy-relevant role.
Pivetta is hoping to feature a changeup this season, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Pivetta is hardly the only pitcher looking to improve his changeup this spring, and there's no guarantee he'll be successful, but for those looking for a reason to buy back in on last year's popular sleeper pick, this is potentially something to latch onto. Pivetta threw just 15 changeups in 93.2 innings last season while struggling to a 5.38 ERA. The new pitch didn't lead to much success in his first outing of the spring against the Tigers on Saturday, as he allowed three runs on five hits in 1.2 innings of work.
Pivetta will start the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Saturday against the Tigers, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
A popular sleeper pick this time last season due to some promising peripherals, Pivetta had a disaster of a 2019 campaign, experiencing demotions both to the minors and to the bullpen while struggling to a 5.38 ERA. The Phillies didn't make any additions to their shaky rotation over the offseason, so Pivetta enters camp as a starter again and appears to be competing with Vince Velasquez for the final spot in the rotation. Highly rated prospect Spencer Howard (knee) looms to take that spot at some point, however, and he could enter the conversation fairly early in the year.
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