Royals fans booed their team’s former ace last night and they got to see Zack Greinke take the loss too. Bill Shaikin asked Greinke how he felt about that. As with most things, he was pretty clear-eyed about it:
“I don’t know,” Greinke said. “I was pretty rude on the way out. They have every right to be mad at me.”
Probably so. He asked to be traded from Kansas City and news of that and his attendant dissatisfaction with life on the Royals hit the fans before left town. Still, as Shaikin notes, Geinke had pitched in Kansas City twice since leaving the Royals and he wasn’t booed on those occasions. Maybe his big deal with the Dodgers was the difference here. Maybe it was just random.
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.