Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale named Cy Young finalist

By | Chris Sale

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award.

The announcement was made by Major League Baseball Monday during the unveiling of the finalists for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s honors.

Sale was lights-out for much of the regular season, finishing with a 17-8 record, 2.90 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. He struck out 308 batters, which was the most strikeouts thrown by a pitcher this season.

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Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is finalist for American League’s Cy Young Award

By | Corey Kluber

Dave “Dino” DeNatale , WKYC

CLEVELAND – Corey Kluber may soon be able to be referred to as ‘Cy Kluber’ once again.

The Indians right-hander has been named as one of three finalists for the 2017 American League’s Cy Young Award. Kluber, who won the award in 2014, put together a dominant regular season as he finished 18-4 with a 2.25 earned run average.

Kluber’s 18 wins tied for the most in the American League. His 2.25 ERA was easily the lowest in the AL, while his 265 strikeouts were second only to Boston’s Chris Sale. (Keep in mind, injuries kept Kluber to only 29 starts in 2017).

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Minnesota Twins Byron Buxton wins Fielding Bible Award

By | Byron Buxton

by Benjamin Chase

Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton won some well-deserved hardware on Monday when he was selected for a Fielding Bible Award

Multiple Minnesota Twins players will likely hear their names announced as winners of awards as the postseason comes to a close, but the first major one came on Monday as Byron Buxton won the Fielding Bible Award for center field.

What are the Fielding Bible Awards you ask? I’m glad you did…

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Chris Sale reaches K milestone as Red Sox clinch a playoff berth

By | Chris Sale

BALTIMORE — Chris Sale was at his very best — right down to his momentous last pitch — in another meaningful victory for the Red Sox.

Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth hours after beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.

Boston (88-64) was assured at least a wild card and its second consecutive trip to the postseason when the Angels lost 6-5 to the Indians. Of course, the Red Sox are looking for much more than that. They lead the AL East by three games over the rival Yankees with 10 to play as Boston pursues its third division title in five years.

“Given where we are in the standings and what is at stake, every win is important,” manager John Farrell said. “Just getting into the playoffs is not our goal.”

Sale (17-7) reached the milestone on his 111th and final pitch, a called third strike against Ryan Flaherty to end the eighth inning. The last AL pitcher to fan 300 batters in a season was Boston’s Pedro Martinez in 1999, when he set a club record with 313.

Farrell sent Sale back out for the eighth inning to give him a shot at getting No. 300.

Thing is, the left-hander had no idea he was at 299 when the inning started.

“No, I didn’t,” Sale said. “I went out there and struck out the last guy and everyone started losing it. I knew I was close, but I didn’t know I needed just one more.”

Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero homered for the Red Sox.

Buxton tops in new Statcast metric Outs Above Average

By | Byron Buxton

By Mike Petriello / | @mike_petriello | September 14th,

Byron Buxton checks every box defensively. He glides in the outfield, befitting his status as one of baseball’s two fastest players. Buxton makes spectacular plays that look great, and he makes spectacular plays that look easy, too.

It was clear back in March that the Twins’ outfield defense would be a strength, and that Buxton would be the primary man responsible for it. He passes both the eye test and the data test, and as we introduce our latest Statcast™ metric, Outs Above Average (OAA), Buxton is a wonderful name to have at the top of our leaderboard. Having saved +23 outs over an average outfielder — and nearly 40 above those at the bottom of the list — he isn’t just baseball’s smoothest-looking outfielder, he’s also the best at tracking down flies, so says the data.

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Red Sox ace Chris Sale is the AL MVP, and it isn’t close

By | Chris Sale
August 10 at 2:31 PM
Chris Sale of the Red Sox is setting career highs in strikeout percentage, WHIP, OPS against and ERA. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The race for most valuable player is typically headlined by a position player among the top of the leader board in one or more of the Triple Crown categories (average, home runs and RBI). But every once in a while, a pitcher comes along and throws a wrench into the works. This year, that pitcher is Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox.

Sale is in the midst of a monster season. The 28-year-old ace is setting career highs in strike out percentage (36.5 percent of batters faced, a major league high), WHIP (0.880), OPS against (0.545) and ERA (2.57, lowest in the AL). In fact, his ERA might actually be higher than it should be.

According to FIP, which measures what a player’s ERA would look like over a given period of time if the pitcher were to have experienced league average results on balls in play and league average timing, Sale’s ERA should be 1.98, the lowest mark compared with the league average since Pedro Martinez had a 1.39 FIP for the Red Sox in 1999.

Sale is buzzing through the league with four pitches in his arsenal — a four-seam fastball, a sinker, a slider and change-up — with the fastball and slider accounting for 213 of his major league leading 229 strikeoutsthis season. His 15 games with 10 strikeouts or more this year are not only a major league best in 2017, only Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan had more games with double-digit strikeouts than Sale at this point of the season.

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