Drew Pomeranz. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The MLB-leading Red Sox will try for their fifth straight win tonight when they host the Phillies at 7 p.m., but they'll need help from struggling southpaw Drew Pomeranz to get them there.
The lefty's just 1-and-4 with a 6.91 ERA and he's allowed at least four runs in each of his last four games. In fact, Pomeranz has given up 21 runs his last 21 innings. This is in the wake of a 17-win season. What's goin' on?
"Having a month or whatever on the DL, coming back, I felt like I threw the ball pretty well," Pomeranz said. "I threw 80-something pitches and made two bad pitches, but that's baseball, you know? You go out there, and sometimes you make a couple bad pitches, and if you could take those back, it completely changes the game. I think there's some adjustments I can make with my pitch selection, and just some of the things I've been working on that can help me not have to be so fine with everything--being a little less predictable."
Pomeranz has only pitched six frames twice in his nine starts, and Boston used five relievers last night.
Philadelphia will counter with Jake Arrieta. The righty's 8-and-6 with a 3.45 ERA, but he's struggled in five career appearances at Fenway with a 5.40 mark.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports