Red Sox ace starts in All-Star game
By Colin Bock
Every July, the best baseball players in the world congregate to play for pride and home-field advantage in the World Series. This year, the American League, led by Chris Sale, faces off against the National League, led by Max Scherzer. This game is truly a treat for even the casual sports fans— the best of the best have been selected to play a special game. Unlike the NBA, All-Stars in baseball is selected by the fans. Each side will play a traditional nine-inning game to determine the winner. The Red Sox, with a record of 68-30, are the winningest team in baseball this year. The Red Sox are certainly on pace to win a World Series. For fans around the area, this game has extra incentive. If the American League squeezes out a win, the Red Sox, as it stands right now, will have home-field advantage in the World Series.
In his seventh consecutive All-Star appearance, Chris Sale will finally get the chance to start. The 6’6” southpaw has been a Cy Young Candidate since his 2012 season with the Chicago White Sox and is on a pitching tear. Sale’s boasts career lows as a starting pitcher in Earned Runs Average (ERA) and Walks Plus Hits per Inning Pitched (WHIP) at 2.23 and 0.889 respectively. Sale’s teammate Craig Kimbrel has been named an All-Star as well due to his excellent track record with the Sox as a closer. J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts have been awarded starting roles at Designated Hitter and Outfield respectively. Betts leads the league in batting average and On Base Plus Slugging Percentage (OPS) with a BA of 0.359 and an OPS of 1.139. J.D. Martinez also boasts an OPS of 1.037 and could very well hit 60 home runs by October as he currently sits at 29.