When Red Sox opener Drew Pomeranz (4-3, 4.70 ERA) and White Sox initiator Mike Pelfrey (2-4, 4.41 ERA) take the mound on Wednesday for the final game between Both teams at the Guaranteed Rate Field, both pitchers will try to do something with what they have had problems this year: pitcher away in the games.
The left-hander, Pomeranz, had one of his best outings of the season at Frenway Park in his last appearance, allowing two runs and four hits in six innings Thursday against the Rangers, who struck out 11 Batters, tying the most in a game in his career. However, that opening marked only the third time in the season, and eighth in his time with the Red Sox, in which he has completed at least six innings.
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Pekfrey has thrown efficiently since signing a minor league contract with the White Sox on April 8 and made his debut on April 22, having only allowed three or fewer runs in six of his seven starts. However, he has only been able to complete six innings in one shot. He clinched the win in his last outing, allowing two runs – one foul – and four hits in five innings against Detroit. He also on his previous departure, in Seattle.
Eda’s 28-year-old pitcher, Pomeranz, does not have much of a history against the White Sox in his career, but he has not allowed seven career innings in front of them in two appearances – one as a starter. Pelfrey, meanwhile, is 1-1, with 3-12 ERA in four starts in his career against the Red Sox.
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Jose Abreu has been hot with his bat for the White Sox, and was recognized with the Player of the Week award in the American League. He batted .458, with two homers and five RBIs in five games last week. This was his fourth prize of the week, the last time he had won it was in September 2015.
The Red Sox infield will look a bit different on Wednesday after the team put Dustin Pedroia on the injured list on Tuesday for a sprained left wrist. Pedroia suffered the injury in an opening match with Abreu in the first inning of Monday’s game. Magnetic resonance showed negative results, but the team preferred to put Pedroia on the disabled list and activate third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
If Pomeranz has to enter the ball early in the game, the Red Sox’s bullpen is rested. Boston reliever began Tuesday with only 150 innings and two-thirds, the second-lowest in the American League and the third-lowest in the major leagues. The bullpen is fifth in ERA, with 3.17 in Major Leagues.
Before his last two starts Pomeranz recorded a 10.2 percent swings percentage, after those two starts that average rose to 18.8 percent against the Rangers, generating 18 failed swings. That mark tied the best he has had in a game in his career.