KNBR’s Larry Krueger reports that the GIants are expected to sign free agent pitcher Drew Pomeranz. ESPN’s Jeff Passan adds that the deal is for one year and $1.5 million, and Chris Cotillo of Masslive.com notes that Pomeranz can earn an additional $3.5 million through performance incentives. [Update: The deal is official.]
Pomeranz, 30, had an injury-plagued 2018, battling biceps tendinitis. He made 11 starts and 15 relief appearances totaling 75 innings, posting a 6.08 ERA with a 66/44 K/BB ratio. The lefty was quite solid between 2014-17, however, accruing an aggregate 3.24 ERA over nearly 500 innings.
Pomeranz could snag a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. The Giants already have lefties Will Smith, Tony Watson, and Steven Okert in the bullpen.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.