Before the All-Star break has even begun, San Diego Padres starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz has already won a career-high eight games this season. His breakout year just became even sweeter on Saturday.
A day after being forced out of the game early, Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard was scratched from the All-Star Game by his manager, and National League manager, Terry Collins. Pomeranz was chosen Saturday to replace Syndergaard for baseball's collection of stars at San Diego's Petco Park.
Pomeranz, 27, is 8-7 with a 2.47 ERA in 17 games started. In 102 innings pitched, he has struck out 115 batters. All numbers across the board are tops in Pomeranz' big league career.
The lefty toed the rubber in Oakland for two seasons before being traded to San Diego last offseason in December. Sending Pomeranz, along with Jose Torres and Jabari Bush, to the Padres, the A's acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski.
Pomeranz shifted between a starting role and coming out of the bullpen for the A's. He pitched in a total of 73 games in two years for the A's, with only 19 of them as a starter.
Over his span of being with the A's, Pomeranz compiled a 10-10 record with a 3.08 ERA.
Drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, Pomeranz started off slow once he reached the majors. Through his first three years, Pomeranz went 4-14 with a 5.20 ERA.
But in his last two-plus seasons, Pomeranz has gone 18-17 with a 2.84 ERA between the A's and Padres.