Major League Baseball’s regular season is coming to a close and both the Cleveland Indians (96-57) and Boston Red Sox (88-64) are on their way to the postseason thanks in part to their starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Chris Sale.

Both Kluber and Sale have had stellar seasons and the hunt for the American League Cy Young Award is essentially a two-man race between the aces – but only one can walk away with the award.

Chris Sale

Despite Sale having a rocky September, it can be argued he put himself back in the race when he struck out 13 batters against the Orioles on Sept. 20 – racking up his 300 strikeout of the season – an accomplishment that hasn’t been reached in Red Sox history since 1999 when Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez did it.

Kluber started the season going 3-1 in April and made one start in May before he landed on the disabled list with lower back problems. The DL stint would last the entire month and when he returned, it was as if he was a brand new pitcher.

Since his return, Kluber has gone 17-2 through 21 starts with a 1.69 ERA. He has 211 strikeouts with 21 walks in 154.1 innings of work. Before the righty went on the disabled list, he was 4-2 with a 5.09 ERA – so it’s clear whatever back issues he was dealing with are long gone.

If he didn’t miss his three starts in May, Kluber would easily be the front-runner for the AL Cy Young – but Sale has been making a strong case for him to take home the hardware – it just may not be enough to surpass Kluber for the award.

Both pitchers have 17 wins on the season with Sale having three more losses (7) than Kluber (4). Sale has pitched in 209.1 innings with a 2.75 ERA, walked 41 batters and has an impressive and history-making 300 strikeouts.

Kluber leads Sale in ERA, record and has five complete games with three shutouts. He doesn’t have as many innings pitched or as many strikeouts as Sale, but it is impossible to look past just how dominant Kluber has been since returning from the DL.

Corey Kluber

The Cleveland ace won the Cy Young in 2014 thanks in part to his second half of the season and his second half of 2017 has been better than his winning year.

Sale has never won a Cy Young in his career, only placing fifth in 2013 when he finished the season with the Chicago White Sox – going 11-14 with a 3.07 ERA with four complete games and 226 strikeouts.

Although his case isn’t as strong as it was just a few weeks ago, Sale is still having a career season – but it won’t be enough for him to take home the award at the end of it.

Despite the 300 strikeouts, Kluber has just been too dominant in the second half of the season for it to be ignored – 11-2 through 19 starts with 194 strikeouts over 138.1 innings pitched.

Over roughly the same span of time, Sale is 10-5 in 18 starts with 169 strikeouts through 116.2 innings pitched.

Kluber has essentially been unhittable since returning from the disabled list and leads Sale in basically every category with the exception of strikeouts.

Though Kluber looks as if he is the favorite for the Cy Young, Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello won it last year without getting the highest amount of first place votes – which went to Detroit Tigers starting pitcher, Justin Verlander.

A Cy Young would cap off what is already an incredible season Sale and would mean Boston pitchers won it in two-consecutive years – but with everything Kluber has accomplished – all with missing a month – is something that will be hard to overlook when it is time to vote for who the award will go to.

The New England Patriots (1-1) bounced back from their Week 1 loss in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints (1-1) – and now prepare to take on the Houston Texans (1-1) on Sunday afternoon from Gillette Stadium.

This will be the fourth time in just over a year these two teams will face one another – with the Patriots outscoring the Texans 68-28 in their two previous meetings.

With the teams being familiar with one another, the New England offense will have to make sure quarterback Tom Brady is protected going down the field.

Houston took away a lot of New England’s passing game in their playoff meeting last season, so the Pats took a lot of chances with long passes and the running game – something they will most likely do again this time around. Without running back Julian Edelman, Brady’s options for short passes are limited.

The protection of Brady will be crucial especially with a Texans defense that includes defensive ends J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney and linebackers Whitney Mercilus and Bernardrick McKinney.

With the ability to come at New England from any direction, it’s likely we will see Houston come up the middle and the left side with right tackle Marcus Cannon questionable for Sunday’s bout.

Despite the Texans having a solid defense, their offense is where they struggle and where New England will capitalize. The Pats will need to force turnovers – something Houston is very familiar with dating back to last season – turning the ball over in 17 out of their last 19 games.

The New England defense will have to put pressure on Houston’s rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and keep him in the pocket and force him to make quick decisions with the football. The more pressure they put on Watson, the more turnover on downs will occur and Watson will be forced to throw the ball away.

The Patriots offense will need to be on their A-game and will especially need to get wide receivers Chris Hogan and Brandin Cooks down the field with the ball as much as possible. The two have combined for 11 catches, 211 total yards with a touchdown so far this season, so they’re both bound for a breakout game.

Whether it’s by way of the run game or long pass, Brady will need to target them early and often to find the back of the end zone. Another target he will have is wide receiver Danny Amendola – who missed last Sunday’s game due to a concussion.

New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is also expected to play after he suffered a groin injury in Sunday’s win. As I stated last week, a healthy Gronk is a dangerous Gronk and if he is as close to 100 percent as he will get, he will be a major target for Brady and a danger to the Houston defense.

With running back Rex Burkhead ruled out for Sunday with a rib injury, fellow running back Mike Gillislee will put his downhill running style into full effect in goal-line situations and come up big for New England and score two touchdowns for his team.

This will also give running back Dion Lewis a chance to shine for the Pats as he will see the most increase in opportunities with Burkhead out. Look for Lewis to have somewhat of an expanded role against Houston – much like he did in 2016’s playoff game.

During that game, Lewis led all Patriots running backs with 15 touches and three touchdowns – one being scored off a kickoff return.

The Patriots won’t need to put up 30-plus points to beat the Texans and they won’t against the Texans D-line. Even though it is a strong, solid defense, it won’t be enough to beat New England – and for as good as the defense is, the Patriots offense is better.

Houston’s offense has only compiled 20 total points through their first two games of the season while New England has 63. The Pats offense is good, but they won’t put up points like we saw them do in Week 2.

The Texans will only be able to put up nine points through four quarters on Sunday, relying solely on field goals.

Final score: New England: 28 Houston: 9

Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers played hero when he crushed a three-run homerun to right field in the fourth inning for 5-4 lead and eventual win on Friday night against the Cincinnati Reds.

Despite taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, this game looked as if it was out of reach for Boston after Cincinnati took a three-run lead in the home half of the first when Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett hit a grand slam – something the Red Sox have yet to do this season .

The fourth inning is when the offense came alive for Boston after catcher Christian Vazquez doubled to drive in right fielder Mookie Betts to make the game 4-2 – and with two on, Devers came to the dish and sent a bomb to right to take a 5-4 lead.

The Reds could not string together any more runs in the game and Boston would walk off the diamond with the win – good for their 89th win of the year.

With the win, Boston extended their lead over the New York Yankees (85-68)  in the American League East division to four games since New York lost to the Toronto Blue Jays (72-82)  8-1.

The magic number to clinch the division is now down to six games. Boston clinched a playoff spot at 1:48 AM on Thursday morning after the Cleveland Indians (96-57) beat the Los Angeles Angels (76-77).

Game MVP: Rafael Devers: he went 2-for-4 on the night, including that three-run home run in the fourth inning to give Boston the lead and win.

Honorable mention: David Price: The starter-turned-relief pitcher pitched 2.2 innings, giving up three hits and struck out four. He also had a double on the night.

Fun fact: This was Devers’ first home run since Aug. 19 – 107 bats ago.

What’s on deck – the Red Sox (89-64) continue their weekend set with the Reds (66-88) on Saturday afternoon when they send Eduardo Rodriguez (5-6, 4.15 ERA)  to the mound to oppose Robert Stephenson (5-5, 5.01 ERA).

First pitch is set for 4:10 p.m.

Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale notched his 300th strikeout on the season after striking out 13 Baltimore hitters as Boston shutout the Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night and swept the three-game series. 

The Red Sox offense gave Sale plenty of run support beginning in the fourth inning when right fielder Mookie Betts and third baseman Deven Marrero each hit two-run home runs to put Boston up 4-0.

Designated hitter Hanley Ramirez — who had been out of the lineup for almost a week — drove in a pair of runs with a sixth inning double for a comfortable 6-0 Boston lead.

The Sox continued to add runs to their lead in the eighth inning when second baseman Dustin Pedroia doubled to drive in two more runs with the bases loaded and extended the lead to 8-0 before Ramirez drove in his third run of the game in the ninth inning to make it 9-0/

The story of the game, however, was Sale – who not only surpassed former Sox pitcher Roger Clemens (291) for second-most strikeouts in a season, but became the second pitcher in Red Sox history to reach 300 strikeouts in a season.

The last Boston pitcher to accomplish this feat was Pedro Martinez in 1999 when he finished that season with 313 strikeouts – a record Sale could easily beat as he is scheduled for two more starts before the regular season ends.

The lefty is now 17-7 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.75. He has only walked 41 batters all season.

With the win, Boston improved to 88-64 while Baltimore fell to 73-80. Their first-place lead over the New York Yankees remains at three games after the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday afternoon.

Magic number to clinch the division: 8

Magic number to clinch a playoff berth: 1 – The Red Sox will punch a ticket to the postseason if the Los Angeles Angels lose to the Cleveland Indians.

Game MVP: Chris Sale: He pitched eight innings, gave up zero runs and walks, four hits and struck out 13 batters.

Honorable mention: Hanley Ramirez: He went 3-for-5 on the night driving in three runs after he missed the last week of games.

Fun fact: Sale is the first left-handed American League pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts since Randy Johnson.

For the eighteenth time this season and second-consecutive night, the Boston Red Sox went into extra innings and would score the game-winning run in the eleventh inning to seal a 1-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

It was all about the pitching tonight as O’s starting pitcher Kevin Gausman and Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz pitched well all night — with neither pitcher allowing a run.

 Gausman had a perfect game going into the fifth inning, retiring the first 14 batters he faced, but third baseman Rafael Devers doubled off the scoreboard to break up the bid for perfection.

The Orioles looked as if they were going to score in the fifth inning when first baseman Chris Davis hit a rocket to center field –  but Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. flashed the leather — and continued his bid for a Gold Glove Award — making a leaping catch to rob Davis of a home run and keep the game at a scoreless tie.

With one out in the top of the ninth inning and still no score, left fielder Andrew Benintendi roped a double down the right field line to put himself into scoring position – but was ultimately wasted after Bradley and first baseman Mitch Moreland flied out for the final two outs of the inning.

Boston threatened again in the top half of the 11th inning against O’s pitcher Brad Brach when the Sox loaded the bases with first baseman Mitch Moreland in the batter’s box.

Brach threw a wild pitch that allowed Bradley to score from third and the Sox would take a 1-0 lead before winning by the same score – but not before Baltimore tried to rally.

After getting two quick outs, relief pitcher Matt Barnes looked as if he was going to retire the side in order, but Devers threw away a routine throw to first base and allowed center fielder Adam Jones to get into scoring position.

Barnes would make the final out of the game on a ground ball that was hit back to him to end the Orioles threat and secure the 1-0 win.

Pomeranz took the no-decision tonight as he pitched into the seventh inning throwing 98 pitches, giving up zero runs and striking out five batters.

With the win, Boston improved to 87-64 while Baltimore falls to 73-79.

Magic number to clinch the American League East: 9

Magic number to clinch a playoff berth: 3

Game MVP: Jackie Bradley Jr.: After robbing Davis of what would have been the game-winning home run in the fifth inning, the center fielder scored the winning run for Boston on a wild pitch.

Honorable mention: Drew Pomeranz: this was the lefty’s fourth scoreless start through his last seven outings.

Fun fact: The Red Sox have won an extra-inning game without scoring an RBI twice in the history of the team (1917 and 1918).

What’s on deck: Boston will play their final game against Baltimore until 2018. Chris Sale (16-7, 2.86 ERA) will take the mound to oppose former Sox pitcher Wade Miley (8-13, 5.32 ERA).

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi were the heroes for the Boston Red Sox on Monday night as they beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 in 11 innings.

Sox starting pitcher Doug Fister lasted just two innings after he gave up five runs (all earned) on four hits and walked five batters.

Boston was down 5-1 as they entered the fifth inning when the offense exploded for six runs after center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hit an RBI single to score designated hitter Christian Vazquez.

Utility infielder Brock Holt drove in two more runs with a single and Betts, who was listed as day-to-day with a thumb sprain, came in clutch and bases-clearing triple to left field to cap the six-run fifth and give Boston a 7-6 lead.

The Orioles would once again take the lead over Boston in their half of the fifth inning after a home run and RBI double were surrendered.

Down by one run in the seventh inning, Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts would knot the game at eight when he blasted a solo shot to center field.

This game, much like 17 other times for Boston, would need extra innings to decide the winner.

Boston loaded the bases with two outs and Benintendi at the dish in the top of the 11 inning.  The Rookie of the Year candidate smacked a single to right to drive in two runs for the 10-8 lead and the win.

The Red Sox have a three-game lead in the American League East division over the New York Yankees.

Magic number to clinch the division: 10

Magic number to clinch a playoff berth: 4

Injury update: Second baseman Dustin Pedroia left the game in the fourth inning after he fouled a pitch off of his face. He is day-to-day with a nasal contusion.

Game MVP: Andrew Benintendi: he went 2-for-6 on the night including a game-winning two-RBI double.

Honorable mention: Mookie Betts: he also went 2-for-6 and drove in four runs. He had the bases-clearing triple to take the lead from the O’s in the fifth inning.

Fun fact: The Red Sox are 14-3 when they play extra-inning games.

What’s on deck: The Red Sox (86-64) continue their three-game set against the O’s (73-78) on Tuesday night when they send Drew Pomeranz (16-5, 3.28 ERA)  to the mound to oppose Kevin Gausman (11-10, 4.83 ERA).

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox could not complete the sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays as they lost 3-2 in the final game of the three-game set on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Sox offense struggled to produce any runs for the first half of the game as starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez gave up two RBI singles in the first and fifth inning to Rays designated hitter Evan Longoria.

Tampa Bay’s starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi did not allow a hit for 5.2 innings until Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run home run to break up the no-no and tie the game in the top half of the sixth inning.

The Rays re-took the lead in their half of the sixth when catcher Jesus Sucre homered to left to put his team up by one – a lead they would not surrender for the remainder of the game.

Relief pitcher David Price, who has not pitched in a game since July 22,  made his debut out of the bullpen and pitched a seven-pitch seventh inning and was dominant in the eighth inning. The lefty didn’t surrender any runs.

Boston did threaten in the ninth against closer Alex Colome but, unlike Friday night’s comeback, they were unable to get a rally going after outfielder Rajai Davis grounded into a game-ending double play.

With the loss, the Red Sox fall to 85-64 on the season as the Rays improve to 73-77. Boston is still three games ahead of the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East as New York lost to the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

The magic number to clinch the division: 11

The magic number to clinch a playoff spot: 5

Injury update: Right fielder Mookie Betts left Sunday’s game in the fifth inning with what’s being called a right thumb contusion. He is considered day-to-day.

Game MVP: Jackie Bradley Jr.: He went 2-for-3 on the afternoon with a home run, driving in two runs. He also broke up Odorizzi’s no-hitter in the sixth inning.

Honorable Mention: David Price for throwing two perfect innings of relief in his debut out of the bullpen. He threw 21 pitches.

Fun fact: Eduardo Rodriguez has given up three earned runs and struck out 22 batters over his last 16 innings pitched.

What’s on deck: The Boston Red Sox travel to Baltimore on Monday to take on the Orioles (73-77) for  three-game set. Doug Fister (5-8, 4.40 ERA) will take the mound to oppose Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.03 ERA).

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 447 total yards as the Patriots bounced back from an embarrassing loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1 and rolled over the New Orleans Saints, 36-20.

During the opening series, Brady did not complete a pass to a wide receiver – he completed three passes to running back James White, one to tight end Rob Gronkowski and two to running back Rex Burkhead.

New England got on the board in the first quarter after Brady marched his offense down the field 75 yards for 10 plays, ending the drive with a 19-yard pass to Burkhead for the touchdown before kicker Stephen Gostowski missed the point-after-try and the Patriots were up 6-0.

The Saints kicked a field goal to come within three – but New England scored 14 unanswered points before New Orleans put up their first touchdown of the game in the second quarter after quarterback Drew Brees connected with wide receiver Brandon Coleman.

New Orleans would come within a touchdown after kicking another field goal in the second to make the score 20-13 – but New England would pull away and take a 30-13 lead into the locker room at halftime thanks to running back Mike Gillislee’s two-yard touchdown run and another field goal from Gostowski on the final possession of the first half.

The Patriots would score six more unanswered points in the second half with two field goals from Gostowski – one from 24 yards out – before Brees found tight end Coby Fleener for a touchdown.

The 36 points were enough for the Patriots to secure a Week 2 36-20 win and improve to 1-1 on the season.

Brady completed 30 of his 39 passes and the 447 total yards he threw for were the most in a game by a 40-year-old quarterback in NFL history. He had just one more yard than Brett Favre had in 2010.

Injury update: Gronkowski (groin), Burkhead (ribs), wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (knee) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) all left the game with injuries and did not return.

Game MVP: Tom Brady: The 447 total yards was the third-highest-single-game yardage total of his career. He completed 77 percent of his passes and had three touchdown passes in the first quarter alone.

Fun fact: Brady threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter for the first time in his career. This was his second-career game with 300 yards in the first half.

What’s next: The Patriots (1-1) will host J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans (1-1) on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium.

Kickoff is slated for 1 PM.

The New England Patriots were stunned in their home opener by the Kansas City Chief, 42-27, thanks in part to some big fourth-down stops by the Chiefs defense and aggressive offense.

Although the Patriots put up 27 points on a solid Kansas City defense, they made uncharacteristic mistakes – including not being able to convert on some crucial fourth down plays.

It’s obvious quarterback Tom Brady is missing wide receiver Julian Edelman – but it’s also likely that wide receiver Brandin Cooks will be a solid replacement for the season.

The Pats are now preparing for Week 2 where they will take on quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints – who are coming off a 29-19 Monday night loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Saints are already at a disadvantage having the short week while New England has had 10 days to prepare – but New England will have to clean up their mistakes from their home opener in order to pull off a win.

They will also take the field without wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) and linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee) as both players have officially been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

The game plan for the Patriots should be simple: go back to what works and establish the passing game early with the running backs and incorporate a two-tight-end-offense. Allow the offense to dictate the tempo of each play.

The Saints, however, are stacked in their running back position with Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara and –despite the team losing to the Vikings on Monday night — one should never count Brees out – especially at home.

New England also has one explosive weapon that puts the Saints at a major disadvantage – running back Mike Gillislee, who rushed for three touchdowns against the Chiefs.

Look for Brady to target Gillislee early and often – if he can get through the Chiefs defense, there’s no telling what he will do on Sunday.

Both teams are coming off tough defeats and will want to use that as motivation to get their first win of the season. The thing about this game is that one great team will start the 2016 season 0-2 and only eight percent of NFL teams make the playoffs after starting the season 0-2.

However, even if the Patriots do indeed succumb to the Saints on Sunday, there’s no way New England doesn’t win their crippled AFC East division.

Stopping Brees at home is no easy task and the New England defense is going to have make some major improvements from their first game in order to improve to 1-1 on the season. The key to that will be stopping the Saints in the red zone and only holding them to field goals – much like Minnesota did on Monday.

Aside from stopping Brees, New England needs to avoid turnovers, tighten up their defense and execute the red zone – which means the passing game will be crucial in order for the Patriots to win this game.

New England will need to put up at least 30 points on New Orleans if they want to come out victorious. They will need to stop Peterson and Ingram on offense and take advantage of the young defense the Saints have with starting three rookies on their D-line.

Minnesota ran all over the Saints and allowed Vikings’ quarterback Sam Bradford to complete 27 of his 32 passes for 346 total yards. If the defense looks like that against New England, they will be in serious trouble.

The Patriots will need to contain the New Orleans defense early, make important red zone stops and most importantly, force the Saints into kicking field goals while New England scores the touchdowns.

New England’s defense will need to step up and fill the void of a missing Hightower and the offense will need to score early and often and take a comfortable lead into the locker room at halftime.

Brady will need to find a higher success in passing this week than he did in the opening game and will have to throw at least 40 passes.

Final score: New England: 38, New Orleans: 28

Before the Red Sox season started, the projected starting rotation was the most-talked about part of the team.

On Dec. 6, Boston traded prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz to the Chicago White Sox for starting pitcher Chris Sale – who joined a staff that already included David Price and 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello.

On paper, this rotation looked as if it was going to be un-hittable – and besides Sale, MLB teams were hitting off the “un-hittable” rotation.

Price (5-3, 3.82 ERA) started the season by visiting Dr. James Andrews for his elbow – which put a lot of worry into the heads of Red Sox Nation. Price didn’t need surgery, but it was obvious he was not 100 percent.

It wasn’t so much what he was doing on the field that worried the fans the most, it was his off-field behavior, particularly an incident with hall-of-famer Dennis Eckersley. Many began to question whether the lefty was mentally tough enough to pitch in Boston.

After the incident with Eckersley, Price landed on the 10-day disabled list with elbow inflammation. He was just reactivated and Sox skipper John Farrell told reporters on Thursday he would be used in the bullpen for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs in a multiple-inning role.

Fun fact: Price has won two games in the playoffs coming out of the bullpen. He is 0-8 as a starter in the playoffs.

Porcello, who dominated last season with a 22-4 record and earned his first-career Cy Young Award. This season, we have seen a completely different pitcher. He’s 9-17 – his 17 losses leads the major leagues.

The right-handed pitcher has pitched well through many of his starts. It’s the offense that always seems to not produce when he’s on the mound. Although Porcello does not always produce Cy Young-like numbers, his numbers have never been this abysmal.

Doug Fister, who wasn’t even on the team until June when he was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels, has been Boston’s third-best pitcher in the rotation. He had a one-hitter, complete-game against the Cleveland Indians, won five-consecutive starts before he lost to the Oakland Athletics and leads the team in ERA (2.91) and WHIP (0.85) over the last 30 days.

He’s been able to go deep into games, despite having troubles mainly in the first inning where his ERA is 16.20.

Then there’s been Drew Pomeranz, who has a surprising 16 wins on the season, which is identical to the number of wins as Sale.

The southpaw has been quite a pleasant surprise this season – especially coming into the season with plenty of questions surrounding him and whether he would be healthy as he was nursing an arm injury.

His ERA sits at 3.28 and with the way he’s been pitching, Pomeranz should easily be named the number three starter in the playoff rotation.

So that begs me to ask – who is the odd man out for the Red Sox when they make the postseason?

Sale is your obvious Game 1 starter, followed by Pomeranz then Fister. Since teams typically go with a four-man rotation in the postseason, that leaves Porcello and Rodriguez fighting for that fourth spot since Price will be in the bullpen.

Never did I ever think a Red Sox starting playoff rotation would include Doug Fister and not David Price and possibly having Eduardo Rodriguez be the fourth man over Rick Porcello.

A lot can happen between now and the playoffs but when it comes down to it, Porcello needs to be the fourth starter. Even though Porcello has pitched once in the playoffs and it didn’t go so well, he still has the age and experience over Rodriguez.

It’s hard to trust Porcello, yes, given the season he’s had and what he did in the ALDS in 2016 – but it’s even harder to trust Rodriguez with his history of knee injuries and lack of experience in the playoffs.

Pomeranz doesn’t have playoff experience and in fact, neither does Sale – but these are your top two pitchers in the rotation and more trust has been built with them over the course of the season. Plus, Sale is just a dominant pitcher on the mound.

The 2017 playoffs are just weeks away and the Red Sox can clinch a spot in the postseason with nine more wins and clinch the American League East Division with 14 wins.

Projected Playoff Rotation

  1. Chris Sale
  2. Drew Pomeranz
  3. Doug Fister
  4. Rick Porcello