Joe Kelly said he’s going to win the 2015 AL Cy Young Award

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WEEI’s Rob Bradford points out that we might have missed the strongest proclamation of the winter: Red Sox starter Joe Kelly promising to win the 2015 American League Cy Young Award. Here’s how it all went down, per Bradford:

Kelly, unannounced, strolling over to our WEEI broadcast setup during the Red Sox’ Winter Weekend at Foxwoods, grabbing one of the headsets and then letting out the words, “I want your listeners to know, I’m going to win the Cy Young this year. Just letting everyone know so when I win it you heard it here first.”

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After the radio interview (which you can listen to by clicking here), Kelly went upstairs to the media room and reiterated his stance to the assembled group of writers.

“Yeah, I’m going to win this year,” the pitcher said when asked about his Cy Young prediction. “That’s what I told the radio guys. They didn’t believe me — [stinks] to be them.”

Over 17 starts last season between the Cardinals and Red Sox, Kelly finished with a 4.20 ERA and a 66/42 K/BB ratio in 96 1/3 innings. Though Kelly has posted good results before, he hasn’t started more than 17 games in a season yet. Furthermore, among the 131 starters who have accrued at least 300 innings since the start of the 2012 season, Kelly’s average of 1.8 strikeouts for every one walk ranks tied for 126th best.

Maybe the 4.20 ERA is indicative of something.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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