GAME 162: Today the Red Sox conclude the 2015 season with the last of a 3-game set in Cleveland…Boston opens the 2016 regular season exactly 6 months (totaling 183 days) from today on April 4, right back here in Cleveland.
RICK & ROLL: Rick Porcello is 5-2 with a 2.86 ERA (21 ER/66.0 IP) in 11 career starts at Progressive Field, marking the lowest ERA among 74 pitchers who have made at least 10 starts at the venue all-time…Porcello has a 13.0-inning scoreless streak at Progressive, having allowed 0 runs in each of his last 2 outings here (7.0 IP on 7/5/13, 6.0 IP on 6/20/14).
STREAKS OF MOOKIE: Mookie Betts has an active 36-game on-base streak dating back to 8/24, longest by a Red Sox in a single season since Dustin Pedroia reached in 37 straight from 6/15-7/28/11…It also marks the longest active on-base streak in the majors, with CIN’s Joey Votto snapping a 48-game on-base streak last night.
START ME UP: Red Sox starting pitchers lead MLB with a 3.13 ERA (95 ER/273.0 IP) since 8/18 (CHC ranks 2nd at 3.14).
HONORING KAISER: Today, batboys for all major league clubs are wearing the initials “KC” on their wrist bands in honor of Kaiser Carlile, who died at the age of 9 on August 2, 2015, the day after he was accidentally struck by a bat during a game…Kaiser was the batboy for the Liberal Bee Jays summer team in Liberal, Kansas.