Anyone Ready For Aaron Poreda?
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?