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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Somewhere the sun is shining. Somewhere children shout. But Giancarlo Stanton has struck out ... on a pitch he could not reach.

What's with this guy? 211 strike outs in 617 regular season at bats. Giancarlo Stanton had a chance for redemption last night, courtesy of Red Sox manager Alex Cora who inexplicably removed his best pitcher, Chris Sale, after Sale had cruised through his only inning, the eighth, on 13 pitches. Instead of staying with a great pitcher who was both effective and fresh, Cora followed conventional wisdom and brought in his "closer" who almost blew the 4-1 lead in the bottom of the 9th.

The first two batters got on, making Stanton the tieing run at the plate. Stanton took an 86 mile per hour (MPH) hanging slider above the waist on the inside for strike one. Then Stanton did what he does more often and worse than anyone: Stanton swung at pitches that were so low and away that he could not possibly hit them.

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