After a lengthy absence dating back to spring training due to a flexor strain in his pitching elbow, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz came off the disabled list today and will make his 2018 debut against the Oakland Athletics.
The 29-year-old shined for Boston last season, displaying much of the same ability that led to Boston acquiring him before the trade deadline in 2016. Across 32 innings, Pomeranz registered a 3.32 ERA, 3.84 FIP and struck out 23.5 percent of the batters he faced. The question about Pomeranz's ability to repeat his line, largely tied to an 80 percent left on base rate that leads to a higher probability to a rise in ERA.
From a fantasy perspective, there's a lot to get excited about with Pomeranz. Boston is off to a hot start this season and from a DFS perspective and in season-long leagues where wins are counted, this lineup should provide him with plenty of run support for a majority of his starts. Paired with the strikeouts and a potential sub-four ERA, Pomeranz is a very compelling fantasy pitcher whose 'buy low' window is now likely closed with a return to the mound on Friday.
He is not one we suggest as a DFS play tonight given it's his first start back, but matchups like these are the type we'll look forward to taking advantage of in the future with Pomeranz.
With a healthy rotation now established, Steven Wright and Brian Johnson now find themselves on the outside looking in. It is worth noting that Wright remains on the disabled list and must serve a suspension upon his return.