In August of 2020, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a deal that sent relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree to the Phillies for Connor Seabold and Nick Pivetta. Seabold was supposed to be the main acquisition of the trade, but the Red Sox may have found themselves a gem in Nick Pivetta.
With the Red Sox 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles yesterday, Pivetta advanced to 5-0 on the season and 7-0
in his Red Sox career. In his nine starts with the Red Sox dating back to last season, the Red Sox are 8-1 when Pivetta starts.
Pivetta, who is just 28 years old, has put up great numbers with the Red Sox. In two starts last season, Pivetta allowed just eight hits, two runs, and struck out 13 while posting a 1.80 ERA. In his five starts this season, Pivetta has allowed 24 hits, 13 runs, and has struck out 35, posting a 3.19 ERA.
Pivetta has had some impressive outings so far in the 2021 season.
April 5th Rays, @ Red Sox – Red Sox win 11-2
April 5th was Pivetta’s first start of the 2021 season and he did not disappoint. Pivetta threw five innings allowing zero runs, just two hits, and striking out four.
April 22nd Mariners, @ Red Sox – Mariners win 7-3
Despite the Red Sox losing this game, this was Pivetta’s best outing of the season. Pivetta was flirting with a no-hitter into the sixth inning until Mariners’ third baseman Ty France hit a double with two outs. France’s double went over the head of Red Sox outfielder Franchy Cordero, who was playing very shallow on the play. Pivetta was charged with two earned runs on the double. The charged runs were batters that he had walked earlier in the inning scoring. Pivetta was pulled after the sixth inning. Finishing the game allowing just one hit, two earned runs, and striking out four.
April 28th, Red Sox @ Mets – Red Sox win 1-0
Pivetta followed up his impressive outing against the Mariners out dueling the MLB’s best pitcher Jacob deGrom. Pivetta threw five innings allowing just one hit and striking out seven. Earning his third win of the season.
Still Room For Improvement
Like many of the pitchers on the Red Sox staff, Pivetta’s biggest weakness has been walking batters. Pivetta has walked 22 batters this season, something he will definitely need to clean up.