The Boston Red Sox have a relief pitcher with a 0.00 career ERA that has yet to step on the mound in 2018. He’s got to be injured right? Wrong. He’s perfectly healthy and he also made the All-Star game this year. During his last full season on the mound this player went 7-1 with a 0.53 ERA in 55 IP. He had 112 Ks to only 19 BBs and led Amory High School to a Class 3A State Championship series the year before. Mitch Moreland had one heck of a senior season on his way to Mississippi State. Now I know high school baseball stats don’t always translate exactly into the pros. Even if he had an absolute train wreck of a season and his ERA doubled, a 1.06 is nothing to cry about.
I’m not just basing this take off of his high school baseball stats. That would be preposterous. No, he has pitched well in two career innings at the MLB level. He has allowed two hits, no walks and recorded a strikeout in two games on the mound. Baseball Reference projects that over a 162-game season Moreland would have a 0.00 ERA in 68 IP with 34 Ks and 0 BBs. Now I would never compare a player to Mariano Rivera but this guy would make Trevor Hoffman look like Drew Pomeranz. 68 consecutive scoreless innings would break the MLB record and that doesn’t even factor in the two-inning lead he already has. We are talking about 70 scoreless innings just sitting at first base playing Gold Glove defense like a moron.
Watch this video and tell me Mitch Moreland isn’t an MLB level pitcher:
Moreland touches 94 MPH in his Red Sox pitching debut further proving he is better than some of our less talented pitchers (Drew Pomeranz) that I shall not name. Now stat nerds will tell you that Mitch Moreland was an American League All-Star First-Basemen this season and he should continue to play the position that has gotten him national recognition. Those idiots didn’t watch the 1:11 minute video I just linked. Have Moreland bridge the gap to Brasier who will get the ball to Kimbrel until we are ready to give Moreland the closing job.
Now as some of you might be thinking, I’ve read 375 words to this point and lost brain cells. First of all that’s incredible that you were able to count and read at the same time, and second, I’ll finally give a real take. Ryan Brasier should be the Red Sox 8th inning guy for the rest of the season. Nobody has been as reliable as Brasier since he’s been called up. Brasier has a 1.00 ERA in 18 IP. That’s enough of a sample size for a reliever to instill trust in. He has 18 Ks to 5 BBs and opponents are batting .150 against him this season. That’s a worse batting average than Chris Davis who is hitting .163 (lowest among qualified hitters). Opponents against Ryan Brasier have a worse chance to get a hit than Chris Davis against the rest of the MLB. We need to start believing in this guy.
Scott Neville – Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports