The Boston Red Sox will look to get Chris Sale in the win column for the first time in 2017
Chris Sale isn’t just good, he’s filthy. He’s one of the best in the American League if not the best and one of the best in baseball. When I heard he was coming several months ago I was excited because I knew what he would be able to bring. If he does his job the Sox should have no problem winning games for him. How hard could it be to get 2-3 runs of support a game especially for someone who probably only needed one?
Sale has gone at least 7 innings in both starts this season and has a 0 – 1 record with a 1.29 ERA and 17 strike outs in 14 2/3 innings. Yet Sale still has a big goose egg in the win column. Why? When Chris Sale took the mound the first time, the Sox didn’t get any scoring until the bottom of the 12th inning until Sandy Leon ripped one into the monster seats in the bottom of the 12th inning. His second start? Sale was fronted a 1 – 0 lead in the second and that was it. Sale proceeded to give up a 6th inning home run to Ian Kinsler and a late RBI single ended his night. In almost 15 innings of work, the Sox have only managed to get one run of support. In the counter argument, one must also mention that the Tigers had Justin Verlander on the hill and everyone knows what he’s capable of doing as he’s shown it for years.
That’s beyond frustrating and if there’s one person who’s due to get a W on the staff it’s this guy. Sale has absolutely lights out stuff. While no person likes to speculate, bias sometimes kicks in. I’d really like to say the Sox can pull this one for their new guy. We’ll wait and see as game time in less than a few hours. Sale will face off against Jake Odorizzi for the Tampa Bay Rays in Boston.
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