Apr 26, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Aaron Poreda (49) pitches to the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Aaron Poreda continued his streak of not allowing any runs tonight against the Red Sox after Martin Perez had another bad start. I am sure we here at NolanWritin.com will be discussing Martin Perez shortly, but for now I wanted to take a moment to say what a great addition Aaron Poreda has been to the Texas Rangers bull pen.
There have been some shaky starts from Texas Rangers starting pitching, and there have been some shaky relief pitching as well, but Aaron Poreda has not been a part of that shaky relief pitching at all for the Texas Rangers. In seven innings so far (before tonight, that is), Poreda has an ERA of 0.00, and opponents are batting .217 against him.
I know that he has not been used as much as an Alexi Ogando or Neal Cotts, but my opinion is that he should start being the go to left-handed pitcher out of the bull pen, nothing personal against Neal Cotts, but I believe that the Texas Rangers should go with the hot hand, and the hot hand is obviously Aaron Poreda right now.
We all need to remember that Neal Cotts came out of nowhere last season, and the Texas Rangers seem to have a knack for finding veterans coming off of surgery and making the most of their talent. As long as Aaron Poreda continues to pitch like he has been pitching, I feel safer with him on the mound than I do with most other Texas Rangers relievers right now.