That sinking feeling

Updated: May 8, 2010, 12:24 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

Drew Pomeranz had an opportunity to create some distance between himself and the rest of the draft pack on Friday night, but did not put forth the kind of showing he needed. The Ole Miss southpaw allowed four earned runs on nine hits and two walks, lasting 6 2/3 innings to take his first loss of the season versus Arkansas.

Pomeranz sat in the 86-90 mph range with his fastball, and threw quite a few curveballs and changeups. His command was occasionally good, but he could not put away enough hitters once he reached two strikes, and he fell behind too many of them.

He threw 115 pitches, just 68 went for strikes, and Zack Cox reached base safely all three times against him.

Pomeranz's lackluster outing opens the door for LSU's Anthony Ranaudo and Georgia Tech's Deck McGuire, right? Well, it did, but neither right-hander stepped up. Ranaudo continues to struggle, lasting just 2 2/3 innings versus Vanderbilt Friday night, yielding six earned runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out just one and reached the zone with a mere 33 of his 69 pitches, an awful percentage.