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Drew Pomeranz elevates himself to Sox’ clear No. 2 starter

August 13, 2017 GMT

Heading into spring training, Drew Pomeranz (above) was in a battle with Steven Wright to win the Red Sox’ fifth starter job. Six months later, he’s elevated himself to the Red Sox’ clear No. 2 behind ace Chris Sale. Since May 20, the Red Sox are 21-8 when either Sale or Pomeranz is on the mound — and in that span Pomeranz has logged an even lower ERA than his Cy Young Award frontrunner teammate.

Here’s a look at the five best American League pitchers over that span, ranked by ERA (all statistics as of the start of play on Thursday):

1. Corey Kluber, Indians

95 1/3 IP 1.70 ERA 142 strikeouts .472 OPS against 

2. Luis Severino, Yankees

92 1/3 IP2.53 ERA108 strikeouts.586 OPS against 

3. Drew Pomeranz, Red Sox

86 2/3 IP2.60 ERA88 strikeouts.672 OPS against 

4. Chris Sale, Red Sox

95 2/3 IP2.82 ERA134 strikeouts.586 OPS against 

5. Sonny Gray, A’s/Yankees

80 1/3 IP3.25 ERA83 strikeouts.612 OPS against