Brett Anderson: not a fan of the new Safeco fences


I tweeted the link to that story about Safeco’s new, more hitter-friendly dimensions.  Not surprisingly, it wasn’t well received by people with a vested interest:

Well, he’s still facing the M’s when he’s there, so it shouldn’t be that big a deal.

Seriously, though, given that Anderson has a 1.00 ERA at Safeco in seven career starts, I can see why he doesn’t want them to mess with the place.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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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.