Boston Red Sox rookie pitcher Brayan Bello was fantastic Sunday night on ESPN as he pitched seven innings, giving up one earned run while striking out eight New York Yankees hitters.
A huge point of emphasis coming into the 2023 campaign was regulating the changeup and implementing a sinker that stays low and away to hitters.
After working with Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez in the offseason, Bello’s hard work has paid dividends thus-far into the season.
"“I see this kid and I see myself…But I see him with a little bit better spots than I had at the same age. At that age, I was probably starting to wonder what I could do in the big leagues and how I could get a chance to establish myself in the big leagues.”"
Boston Red Sox rookie Brayan Bello doing it with a nice combination of pitches
Bello came into 2023 with a four pitch mix: Sinker (33.4 percent), 4-seam fastball (23.8 percent), Changeup (21.5 percent), Slider (21.3 percent). This is a repertoire that has been in the works for a while, most notably the addition of the refurbished changeup.
After a rough 2022 season finishing the year with a 2-8 record, the Boston Red Sox finally have hope in the young right-hander. It isn’t a secret that Bello has good stuff, especially when working at his pace and continuing to work his mix into his game plan for hitters in the pitch clock era.
With the unfortunate absence of Chris Sale to the 60 day- IL, this is an opportunity for the Red Sox to see what they have in Bello and Sunday night was a great example of strides in the right direction.
As the Red Sox are starting to get back on track, the AL East is a division that is going to be competitive until the very end. With a 4-1 win against the Yankees Sunday night, Bello now moves to 4-4 with an ERA of 3.78.
The Boston Red Sox now move to 37-35, and have swept the New York Yankees winning five of their last six against their rival.
The Red Sox will start a seven game road trip beginning in Minnesota against the Twins, Monday at 7:40 pm EDT.