HOUSTON -- When the Red Sox obtained Nathan Eovaldi from the Tampa Bay Rays a week before the non-waiver trade deadline, they anticipated he would provide them with some depth and options for their pitching staff.
At the time, the Red Sox were without Eduardo Rodriguez (ankle) and Steven Wright (knee), their rotation thinning. Eovaldi, it was figured, could provide some back-end help, and perhaps pitch out of the bullpen some in the playoffs.
You can never have enough pitching, and all that.
Never did they anticipate that he would become their postseason ace. But seven games into the Red Sox' October journey, that's where things stand.