Chris Sale posts 10-plus strikeouts in seven straight games for second time in career

It’s something of a parlor game, because it’s bound to continue happening every season for the next several. Trout’s only 24 and already better than numerous Hall of Famers for their entire careers. This season, he’ll pass at least a few more marginal enshrinees. Keep a list going with all but the inner circle greats and see whether Trout can pick them all off by his 30th birthday. He might.

Through the early part of his career, Trout has excelled with almost robotic efficiency and has been a joy to watch play. He’s Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays for the 21st century. But who knows what can happen from this point. Again, Trout’s only 24.

Many assumed Chris Sale’s numbers would suffer a bit moving from a pitcher’s ballpark in Chicago to one of the friendliest hitter’s ballparks in all of baseball, Fenway Park.

It remains to be seen if they’re right, but the move to Boston sure hasn’t affected his strikeout totals.

Sale struck out 12 batters in the Red Sox’s matchup with the Rays on Saturday afternoon, which marked the seventh straight game he has struck out at least 10 batters.

It’s the second time Sale has put together such a streak. He had eight-straight games with double-digit strikeouts in 2015.

Only two other pitchers have ever had seven games in a row of 10-plus strikeouts.

Sale finished Saturday’s game going seven innings and allowing three runs, while Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys giving up two hits and two walks. He now has an MLB-leading 85 strikeouts on the season.