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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Anyone Ready For Aaron Poreda?

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I think I am. Or Aaron Spelling. Or Aaron Anyone. I just don’t want anymore Jose Contreras, at least not in the near future.

Contreras lost again yesterday and now sits at 0-3. He’s walked 11 (against only 9 Ks) and has allowed 19 hits in just 15 2/3 innings. He’s already given up 3 homers and his ERA is 8.04.

You might say Clayton Richard could take his place in the rotation while Poreda gets some experience in the pen. Perhaps. But I think I’ve seen enough of Richard to know that he’s very hittable and doesn’t have command of his pitches. I think his future is as a LOOGY, although I could be wrong.

Mark Gonzales of the Tribune says that “Richard appears more comfortable as a starter than as a reliever.” Well appearances are certainly deceiving. Because Richard was absolutely shelled last year as a starter. So I’d prefer the Sox skip that route.

Poreda has just 2 so-so starts at AA this year, but he was awesome last year. He had less hits than innings pitched, 3-1 K/BB ratio and allowed just 6 homers in 160+ innings. He’s got more than a full season of starts in the minors and also worked 3 years in college.

And he can’t be worse than Contreras. Or Richard. Get him going now and hopefully he’s comfortable by the time it’s playoff push time. Sounds good, right?

  • dhaab

    Patience. You can’t give up on Contreras (a proven quality starter) after only 3 starts. He hasn’t pitched in a long time and he deserves more starts to get into a rhythm again. Plus, the Sox are 8-6, so it’s not like they can’t afford to give him some time.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Maybe. But he hasn’t really been a good starter in a while. Last year was OK and 2007 was brutal. Now this. He is coming off a nasty injury, so maybe more time is all he needs.

    But in this division every game counts.

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