Chris Sale racked up double-digit strikeouts in his sixth consecutive start

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White Sox starter Chris Sale flirted with perfection but settled for eight shutout innings and 14 strikeouts against the Rangers on Friday night. He held the opposition to two hits and did not issue a walk. The lefty lost his bid for a perfect game with two outs in the sixth inning when Hanser Alberto singled to center. David Robertson came on in the ninth inning but loaded the bases, then gave up two runs to erase a 1-0 lead and take Sale out of the running for the win.

Sale has now struck out double-digit batters in six consecutive starts. According to Baseball Reference’s Play Index, there had been only 10 other instances in which a pitcher accomplished the feat. Pedro Martinez did it on three occasions and has the longest streak at 10 starts. Randy Johnson struck out 10-plus batters in seven consecutive starts once and in six consecutive starts on four other occasions. Nolan Ryan had a seven-game streak and a six-game streak.

Rk Name Start End Games IP BB SO ERA Tm
1 Pedro Martinez 1999-08-19 2000-04-09 10 76.1 11 130 1.06 BOS
2 Randy Johnson 2001-04-13 2001-05-13 7 56.0 13 90 1.93 ARI
3 Pedro Martinez 1999-04-15 1999-05-18 7 53.2 13 84 1.51 BOS
4 Nolan Ryan 1977-05-19 1977-06-16 7 60.0 45 90 2.55 CAL
5 Randy Johnson 2002-07-31 2002-08-25 6 50.0 14 79 1.08 ARI
6 Randy Johnson 2000-04-25 2000-05-21 6 45.1 11 71 1.99 ARI
7 Randy Johnson 1999-07-20 1999-08-16 6 49.0 11 65 1.84 ARI
8 Randy Johnson 1998-06-19 1998-07-16 6 51.0 10 74 2.29 SEA
9 Pedro Martinez 1997-06-03 1997-06-30 6 50.2 15 72 1.78 MON
10 Nolan Ryan 1972-09-25 1973-04-18 6 54.0 25 76 1.33 CAL
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/19/2015.

Sale, over his last six starts, has a 1.19 ERA with a 75/7 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.