Hours after the Yankees made a move to improve their bullpen and Drew Pomeranz stunk in his outing, the Red Sox improved the back end of their rotation and traded for Nathan Eovaldi.
This came from Ken Rosenthal who reported it earlier this morning.
I like this move a lot. The name wasn’t thrown around a lot on this site like Mike Fiers was. But if you look at Eovaldi’s stats this season they don’t really jump out at you, but I think that’s a good thing. In his starts in July he has made four starts, with one of them only being bad.
In four starts this month, he has given up two runs, zero runs, eight runs and one run in that order. And his last start in June he gave up zero runs as well. The Red Sox only gave up Jalen Beeks for him. Beeks certainly isn’t a top of the rotation pitcher by any means, so losing him isn’t that big of a deal. The Red Sox gain more reliable Major league pitching depth.
The big thing this trade does for the Red Sox? It gives them so me who they can rely on to go more than five innings. In just about all of his starts this year Eovaldi has gone at least five innings. In ten starts made by him this season he has gone past five innings seven out of the ten times. The only time being when he went two and two thirds of an inning in the start when he gave up eight runs.
I know this isn’t the trade many people were hoping for after the Yankees traded for Zach Britton last night, but it was necessary. In the playoffs the Red Sox are only going to use three or four starting pitchers. Sale, Porcello and Price are the top three. If they do decide to go with four starters, which I don’t think they will, that could be E-Rod if he comes back healthy or Eovaldi. But like I said I don’t think they will.
This trade will hopefully help get the Red Sox to their third division title in a row. And more importantly this means that Pomeranz is on thin ice. If Brian Johnson keeps pitching well and Pomeranz has another bad start, well lets just say I hope Pomeranz is either in the bullpen or in the minors or hey maybe he’ll get traded.
I can’t wait until Pomeranz isn’t starting anymore.
Welcome to the Red Sox Nathan Eovoaldi