Andy Pettitte is announcing his retirement tomorrow and Jamie Moyer’s chances for a comeback are looking very shaky following Tommy John elbow surgery at age 48, which means no active pitchers have 200 career wins.
In fact, only one active pitcher has more than 170 wins and it’s … Tim Wakefield with 193. Seriously, here’s the active wins leaderboard with Pettitte and Moyer out of the picture:
Tim Wakefield 193
Roy Halladay 169
Livan Hernandez 166
Tim Hudson 165
Kevin Millwood 159
Derek Lowe 157
CC Sabathia 157
Javier Vazquez 152
Roy Oswalt 150
And no one else has 150 victories. Wakefield is facing an uphill battle to reach 200 wins, but he figures to be the active leader until at least mid-2012.
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.