Today is September 2nd. Somehow the summer has gone, school is around the corner, and the Red Sox are a lock for the 2017 MLB postseason. Led by ace southpaw Chris Sale, Boston could find themselves in a rematch with the Cleveland Indians in about a month.
The graphic to the right shows Sale’s ERA by month over the last three full seasons (2014-2016). The ballooned ERA in September is based on a large sample size of 91 innings and telling. Given their light September schedule, why not give Sale at least a week of rest before October baseball?