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These stats showcase Chris Sale's issues pitching to Christian Vazquez

These stats showcase Chris Sale's issues pitching to Christian Vazquez

The Boston Red Sox once again were unable to win a Chris Sale start as they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays by a final score of 6-3 on Wednesday night. With the loss, Sale dropped to 3-8 on the year and continued to be "as frustrated as he's ever been" playing baseball.

Last night, Sale surrendered five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched to bump his ERA up to a 4.04 mark for the year. However, his ERA has been notably worse when Christian Vazquez has caught him, per Chris Mason of The Eagle-Tribune.

That number is alarming, and it's also markedly worse than Sale's performance throwing to backup catcher Sandy Leon, as pointed out by Bill Koch of The Providence Journal.

Suffice to say, that is a massive difference in performance. And that's probably part of the reason that Leon had caught Sale in his previous seven starts before last night's contest.

Vazquez has also overseen two starts this year in which Sale has allowed three home runs. In his previous two seasons with the Red Sox, Sale had only allowed three homers on one occasion. That came in September of 2017 against the New York Yankees. At the time, Leon was behind the plate.

Of course, it is fair to point out that Vazquez isn't responsible for all of Sale's struggles, as the lefty has had shakier-than-usual command over the course of his last three starts, walking five and allowing five homers. And two of those starts came with Leon behind the plate.

Additionally, Vazquez has been a key part of the offense and in last night's game, he helped give Sale some run support by blasting a homer. Leon is still batting below the Mendoza line, and he figures to continue on mostly as a strong defensive option who can occasionally crack a hit.

Still, the fact of the matter is that Sale has been better when throwing to Leon by a wide margin this year. Unless Sale and Vazquez can figure out a way to better co-exist when on the field, the Red Sox may be better off using Leon as Sale's personal catcher while trying to find Vazquez some at-bats as a designated hitter or pinch hitter during Sale's starts.

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Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

In his eighth year on the ballot, Curt Schilling again fell short of making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2020 on Tuesday night. Two players got in. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection, and former Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, who just squeaked in with 76.6 percent of the vote in his final year on the ballot.

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Meanwhile, Schilling earned 70 percent of the vote to finish third in the voting. He finished 20 votes shy of the 75 percent threshold needed to qualify for the Hall.

Two other notable candidates with Red Sox ties, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez, didn't make the cut either. Here are the full results from the voting, per the BBWAA.

Schilling wasn't expecting to get in as a part of the 2020 class. He said as much on Twitter before the announcement while wishing luck to Walker and Jeter in the selection process.

Schilling had previously indicated that he wouldn't have a problem being left out and noted that strong players, like Luis Tiant, never quite made the cut for the Hall of Fame.

Still, Schilling has two years left on the ballot to qualify. And he was up 9.1 percent from his 2019 voting numbers (60.1 percent), so he is certainly trending in the right direction.

Perhaps 2021 will be the year for Schilling.

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox have been busy making trades.

After pulling off two minor trades last week, the Red Sox announced a deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. It's another small move, with the Sox sending right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins to the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash consideration. Lakins was designated for assignment on Friday.

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Left-handed relief pitcher Bobby Poyner also was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, 

Lakins posted an 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.41 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2019.

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