Red Sox Recall Struggling Right-Hander To Start Tuesday

Well, that was a short stay in the minors. With Nate Eovaldi heading to the injured list, the Boston Red Sox were in immediate need of an arm to take the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night. Re-enter, Josh Winckowski, who'd only been sent down four days ago.

The right-hander is 5-6 with a 5.19 ERA in his last 12 starts with Boston, and got hammered by the Pittsburgh Pirates for six runs in five innings in his last start last week. A righty, theoretically, against Toronto's right-handed heavy lineup, should have an advantage. But maybe not when you're pitching the way Winckowski has been. He has a 6.75 ERA in his last 7 starts.

Red Sox follower Brian Barrett notes that Winckowski has the worst "whiff rate" of any starting pitcher in baseball. That's swing-and-miss percentage. And if the Blue Jays are connecting bat to ball often, it might not bode well.

Of note, Winckowski was traded by the Jays in 2021 to the New York Mets in the deal that brought Steven Matz to Toronto for a season. 

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