Saturday, May 27, 2017

Boston "K" Party

            The Red Sox are usually known for having one of the more prolific lineups in baseball. They've had names like Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Ted Williams, and Carl Yastrzemski mashing hits all over Fenway Park. However, the Red Sox are on a five-game winning streak thanks in part to their stellar 1-2 punch of Eduardo Rodriguez and Chris Sale.
            Dave Dombrowski's big offseason acquisition in Chris Sale has certainly paid off. Sale just fell short of the most consecutive games with 10+ K's in an MLB season with seven and has 101 on the season. Sale's also posting an ERA of 2.34, a WHIP of 0.81, a WAR of 2.8, and a K/9 rate of 12.45. These numbers are not only Cy Young-worthy, but are god-tier.
            The other stellar Red Sox pitcher hasn't posted Sale-like numbers, but his stats aren't too shabby on their own. Eduardo Rodriguez has an ERA of 2.77, a K/9 rate of 9.60, and a WAR of 1.3. Rodriguez has allowed fewer earned runs than Sale (17 compared to Sale's 19), but hasn't gone as deep into games as Sale has (73 IP for Sale, 55.1 IP for Rodriguez).
            David Price, the team's de facto ace, will be returning soon for Boston. If Price comes back in top form, the Red Sox will be a force to be reckoned with in the American League once again. In the mean time, Red Sox fans are enjoying the "Boston 'K' Party" that Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez are throwing in Beantown.

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