Kelvin Herrera

Three up, three down | Pitchers Chris Sale, Anibal Sanchez among MLB's trending topics

Three up, three down | Pitchers Chris Sale, Anibal Sanchez among MLB's trending topics

A look at what’s trending in Major League Baseball this week:

THREE UP

Chris Sale: The Boston left-hander sacrificed some velocity for efficiency last season, taking a little off his fastball in hopes of inducing earlier contact and pitching deeper into games, but the Big — make that Tall and Skinny — Nasty is back. Sale’s fastball jumped from an average of 92.8 mph in 2016 to 94.4 mph this season, and he has been the best pitcher in baseball, going 5-2 with a 2.34 ERA and an American League-leading 101 strikeouts in 73 innings. Sale, who also has a...

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