Drew Pomeranz made the All-Star team with the Padres last year and then got traded to Boston. When he was traded it was revealed that Padres GM A.J. Preller had withheld medical information about the pitcher and, in reality, had dealt damaged goods to Boston. Pomeranz was lost in the second half and then began his spring late due to rehab from treatment he had on his bum elbow last fall.
He finally got on with his spring training routine and made a one start, but after being taken out of his second start early yesterday, he now he seems to be off the tracks again. The culprit: tightness in his tricep of his pitching arm. It’s unclear when he’ll pitch again and, at this point, he’s unlikely to be ready to start the season.
What a trade that’s turning out to be. And now, less than a year later, you can go up on a steep hill and look West toward San Diego, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark—that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.