A month after being traded by the Phillies to the Red Sox for struggling relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree, Nick Pivetta makes his debut at Fenway Park tonight.
Pivetta had been at the Red Sox alternate site since the trade. He starts tonight against the Orioles and lines up to pitch Boston's season finale Sunday in Atlanta.
Pivetta left the Phillies with a 5.50 ERA, the highest in Phillies history by a pitcher who threw as many innings as he did (396⅓). In Boston, he will try to start anew, with different instructions. It sounds like the Red Sox want him to incorporate his curveball and slider more than he did in Philly.
It was time for Pivetta to go, but that doesn't mean the trade with Boston has worked out for the Phillies. Workman and Hembree have been unmitigated disasters.
Hembree, placed on the IL with a right elbow strain Monday, has allowed 13 runs, seven homers and 17 hits in 9⅓ innings as a Phillie.
Workman has allowed 22 hits in 12⅔ innings and has a 6.39 ERA. His .373 opponents' batting average since the trade is the highest in all of baseball.
The Phillies also parted with pitching prospect Connor Seabold in that deal. Seabold, 24, pitched very well last year, finishing the season with seven successful starts for Double A Reading.