With the season all but over, and Colorado Rockies fans shifting their attention to the Denver Broncos season, the Rockies gave one last reason to continue paying attention. When the team announced that Drew Pomeranz would start on Sunday, it became a "can't miss" game for fans.
Let's face it. The future of this current Rockies team hinges on Pomeranz. The tall left-hander was the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. His talent suggests that he is going to be not a future ace, but an ace right away. He has all the weight of the world on his shoulders. If he fails, the Rockies are going to be forced to go in a different direction, and the ramifications of that might be years of struggle.
Perhaps the best part of Pomeranz? He seems oblivious to how much hinges on his success. He pitches with ice water running through his veins. After the game he told Root Sport's Alanna Rizzo that he wasn't nervous. Usually when a prospect making his Major League debut says that, everyone knows that he is lying. This time, it seemed genuine.
Instead of looking like a deer in the headlights, Pomeranz simply went out and did what he does best. He threw pitches, and he threw them for strikes. He was confident enough to throw his change up and he didn't try to get creative by throwing his curveball too much. The pitch selection shows confidence. It shows poise.
Limited to five innings due to being just three weeks removed from an appendectomy, Pomeranz showed no fear on the mound. This is a kid who barely threw 100 innings in the Minor Leagues at all. He was drafted fourth overall just 15 months ago.
Very few prospects making their Major League debut have the capabilities of pulling off what Pomeranz looked extremely comfortable doing. In his five innings of work, Pomeranz gave up just two hits. He struck out two and walked two, hitting a batter in between. The key line for the lefty, however is the final one, no runs. Despite dealing with a little traffic, Pomeranz kept getting ground balls, inducing two double plays to get out of jams.
What that suggests is that Pomeranz already knows how to pitch. He isn't concerned with blowing guys away at the plate and he isn't worried about tricking batters. He is willing to pitch down in the zone and let the defense behind him field the ball and get outs.
It is extremely early to know exactly how well this trade is going to work out for both clubs. However, it is safe to say that after one quick start for the Rockies, many fans are not so upset with Dan O'Dowd for dealing the teams first-ever ace. Very few are angry that the team didn't get a Major League-ready player in the deal.
Pomeranz looks like he is the real deal for the Rockies, which is a good sign for the Rockies, Dan O'Dowd, and their fans.