CC Sabathia, on new teammate Curtis Granderson:
Hopefully he’ll hit like 50 homers in our stadium. He was always a tough out for me.
If you’re curious, for his career Granderson is 3-for-19 (.158) with seven strikeouts and zero walks against Sabathia. In fact, 115 different batters have had at least 20 career plate appearances against Sabathia and Granderson has the third-worst OPS, ahead of only Bengie Molina and Angel “Tough Out” Berroa.
No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.
Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.
Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.