I’ll admit it. I was stunned.
Rick Porcello was the first pitcher to reach the 20-win plateau this season.
Porcello landed in Boston before the 2015 season, as the Detroit Tigers shipped him to Boston in the Yoenis Cespedes deal. His first season at Fenway was less than stellar, as his 9-15 mark was the first time in his big league career that he failed to reach the double digit threshold in wins.
He’s more than made up for that in 2016, though. He improved to 20-3 on the season with a 7-inning, 2-run performance, as the Red Sox routed the Blue Jays to extend their lead in the American League East to two games.
"It's definitely a huge honor," Porcello told MLB.com after the game. "It's hard to win one game in the big leagues let alone 20. I'm very proud of that. At the same time, it's collective. We had to swing the bats and play defense. It's a complete team effort."
Porcello has gone at least 7 innings in eight consecutive starts, and is the first Red Sox pitcher to win 20 games since Josh Beckett in 2007.
Staying in the AL East, the Yankees have gotten markedly better since they “conceded” the season, trading away Andrew Miller and Carlos Beltran. Gary Sanchez has been a sensation since arriving in the big leagues, and the Pinstripes have won eight of their last 10 games to close within a game of a wild card spot.
Toronto is currently one game ahead of Detroit and Baltimore. After New York, Houston, Seattle and Kansas City are all within four games.
The National League division races are close to being decided. Washington and Chicago have significant leads, with Los Angeles holding to a 4-game lead over San Francisco.
Miami, Pittsburgh and Colorado are fading fast, leaving the Giants, Mets and Cardinals fighting for two spots the way it sits now.
Braves fans expect to be back in this conversation.
Anybody ever felt like this? Thought so.