There’s apparently no stoppin’ the mighty Redlegs.
Backed by Todd Frazier’s timely hitting and another outstanding performance by the National League’s top bullpen, Cincinnati rolled to its fifth consecutive victory Saturday night at Great American Ball Park.
Joey Votto has been sidelined since July 15 due to knee surgery and Brandon Phillips hasn’t started a game in the month of August due to a left calf strain, but the Reds have now finished victorious in 19 of 22 games since the All-Star break and boast the best overall winning percentage (.617) in Major League Baseball.
Cincy is 5 1/2 games up in the National League Central standings. The Pirates are second and the defending World Series champion Cardinals are currently sitting in third.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
Mariners 1, Yankees 0
Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1 (11 innings)
Rangers 4, Royals 2
Indians 1, Tigers 6
Marlins 7, Nationals 10
Diamondbacks 0, Phillies 3
Twins 6, Red Sox 4
Angels 6, White Sox 5 (10 innings)
Astros 3, Braves 2
Pirates 4, Reds 5
Orioles 4, Rays 0
Brewers 1, Cardinals 6
Giants 11, Rockies 6
Mets 6, Padres 2
Cubs 1, Dodgers 3
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.