The irony was impossible to ignore. An impressive Red Sox debut at Fenway Park for Nick Pivetta on the same night Brandon Workman has his most harmful meltdown in a month filled with them.
Pivetta struck out eight and held the Orioles to one run over five innings on Tuesday night, a month after being traded by the Phillies to Boston.
Pivetta had five strikeouts through two innings. He got a whopping 14 swinging strikes on 96 pitches, his most since a start in Atlanta last June. He walked three and it was not an efficient outing, but it was a good first step for Pivetta with his new club.
Pivetta threw his fastball just 51% of the time, incorporating many more sliders than he threw in a typical outing as a Phillie.
The Phillies traded Pivetta with pitching prospect Connor Seabold to the Red Sox on August 21 for Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree. The deal has had disastrous results.
Workman blew another save Tuesday, turning a 7-6 lead into an 8-7 loss. He has allowed 23 hits in 13 innings and has a 6.92 ERA. His .377 opponents' batting average since the trade is the highest in all of baseball. He was brought here to help the worst bullpen in baseball. But he’s contributed to it remaining the worst bullpen in baseball.
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.
The Phillies are already the clear losers of this trade. Workman is a free agent and Hembree is a potential non-tender candidate. Neither Red Sox reliever helped. If Seabold, pegged as a back-of-the-rotation guy, becomes anything, we’ll be hearing about this trade for a nice long while.