Gomez has been very good and a pleasant surprise in 2013. I’m just not sure if he’s for real. Another issue I have with Gomez being put back in the rotation is that it makes it more likely for Gerrit Cole to be removed from the rotation sooner rather than later. It seems to be a sure thing that Cole will be optioned back to Triple-A when A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez return, and that’s a shame.
To make room for Gomez, the Pirates optioned reliever Duke Welker back to Triple-A Indianapolis.
In 12 games (seven starts), Gomez is 2-0 with a 3.07 ERA. In 44 innings, he has allowed 35 hits and 16 walks with only 23 strikeouts. He has been extremely lucky this season with a .224 opponent BABIP and 78.3 percent strand rate. His ERA is much better than his FIP (4.71) and his xFIP (4.40).
His extremely low opponent BABIP and high strand rate suggests that he will likely regress at some point. Unless he starts to strike batters out, and he probably won’t, his numbers will start to get closer to his 4.71 FIP and farther from his current 3.07 ERA.
His last start before he hit the DL didn’t go very well, and I’m hoping that was just a result of him being injured. I fear it may be a combination of the injury and him just not being very good though.