With David Price and Drew Pomeranz both battling left arm injuries, the Red Sox may have to begin the 2017 regular season with Eduardo Rodriguez and Kyle Kendrick in the starting rotation. Though the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale in a trade with the White Sox, the club was not able to address starting depth. As a result, they’re still looking, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
According to Mastrodonato, manager John Farrell echoed comments made by Dave Dombrowski, who said he found it difficult to address starting depth because veterans felt their chances to actually contribute in the majors were slim due to how much talent was included in the rotation with Price, Sale, reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, and Steven Wright.
Farrell said of his team’s search for more rotation depth, “That’s ongoing.” He also said he wishes he had another Kendrick-type. “Ideally, but I know every effort was made to try to sign that type of pitcher. That tells you the demand for pitching around baseball. We were able to have one type of starter like this in Kendrick.”
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.