The news of Melky Cabrera’s positive PEDs test brought two thoughts to my mind:
1. Cabrera was the MVP of the All-Star Game, won by the National League. As such, a PED user largely determined which team has home field advantage in the World Series. That’s so special.
2. Despite being suspended and very possibly costing the Giants a playoff spot, the Giants still won the Jonathan Sanchez trade.
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.