The Red Sox defeated the Blue Jays 7-2 on Tuesday evening in Boston, clinching a playoff berth in the process. Brock Holt had the big hit, slugging a three-run home run off of Ryan Tepera in the seventh inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead. Chris Sale returned to the mound for the first time since August 12. He tossed one scoreless inning with two strikeouts as the “opener” before giving way to the bullpen.
Tuesday’s win was No. 99 on the season for the Red Sox, who also have only 46 losses on the season. They are currently on pace to win 111 games. The club record is 105 wins, held by the 1912 squad which won the World Series over the New York Giants.
As of this writing, the Yankees are losing 10-5 to the Twins, so the Red Sox stand to push their AL East lead to nine games. Any combination of 10 more Red Sox wins or Yankee losses will clinch the AL East for the Red Sox. If the Red Sox do indeed clinch the AL East as expected, it will be their third consecutive division title, a feat that currently has never been done in club history.
The Red Sox will also be mindful of home field advantage, holding the best record in the league. The Yankees and Astros both entered Tuesday 90-54, the closest competitors for home field advantage.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.