We now interrupt the Rockies’ game with the Chicago Cubs, in which they are enjoying a 6-0 lead as I write this, to note an encouraging sign for the team.
Drew Pomeranz pitched well tonight. Finally. Sure, you could detract from this accomplishment by saying it was “only the Cubs,” but you could also bolster it by saying it was at home in hitter friendly Coors Field.
Denver Post writer Troy Renck provides the details:
It is worth noting that many followers of Renck on Twitter immediately asked a question about the 75 pitch count and why Pomeranz was allowed to exceed it. Which is an excellent question…
Does anybody know if they are still enforcing the pitch count? Does Jim Tracy? Dan O’Dowd? Glenallen Hill? Anybody?
If nothing else, this might provide evidence that the organization lifted a huge mental block for their young pitchers by nixing that absurd idea going forward. I do not know what Pomeranz was thinking tonight, but if I was in his shoes, I would be relieved to not have to count pitches in the 4th inning and just worry about doing whatever it takes to do my job for my team. I believe that this goes double for a super-prospect like him who has aspirations of one day being a true staff ace.
All in all, this is a very positive sign. And yes, now we need to see him do it against somebody other than the Cubs.