Chris Sale
SP CWS
5 days ago

Sale (16-9) suffered an embarrassing loss Wednesday against the Phillies. He allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out five in four innings.

EDGE Analysis

Wednesday marked Sale's second-shortest outing of the season, but was arguably his most humiliating performance of 2016. Entering the game, the Phillies owned MLB's second-worst team batting average (.238) and ranked dead last in team OPS (.682). Sale had pitched at least eight innings in each of his previous five starts, owning a 1.50 ERA while notching 50 strikeouts over 42 innings. The left-hander will look to forget this lackluster effort when he makes his next start Tuesday at home against the Rays.

Chris Sale
SP CWS
1 week ago

Sale allowed four runs (three earned) with 10 strikeouts and just one walk in a complete-game victory over the Royals on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Sale threw first-pitch strikes to 24 of 35 batters faced, induced nine ground-ball outs and notched double-digit strikeouts for the third time in the last five starts. He has taken it to another level down the stretch, as he has gone at least eight innings in each of his last six starts, while allowing no more than three runs in any and posting a stellar 58:9 K:BB ratio. He will have the opportunity to keep it rolling Wednesday against the Phillies.

Chris Sale
SP CWS
3 weeks ago

Sale allowed two runs on six hits and struck out eight over eight innings but took a no-decision Monday against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Sale was stellar other than a pair of solo home runs from Miguel Cabrera, a forgivable offense for even the best pitchers on their best days. He has now thrown four quality starts with an amazing 36:7 K:BB, 1.91 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over 33 innings. Look for him to continue to bring the fire down the stretch.

Chris Sale
SP CWS
4 weeks ago

Sale allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out six and walked four over eight innings but took a no-decision in a loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Detroit tied the game at two against Sale in the eighth and then won it in walk-off fashion versus David Robertson in the ninth. Sale threw 72 of his 111 pitches for strikes and induced 14 swing-and-misses. This was the third straight start where he threw at least eight frames, but he won just one of those outings. He is 15-7 with a 3.10 ERA, 1.02 WHIP ad 185 strikeouts in 185.2 innings. Sale will face Detroit against Monday at home.

Chris Sale
SP CWS
1 month ago

Sale (15-6) allowed just three hits over eight scoreless innings Saturday against Oakland. He walked three and struck out eight in the win.

EDGE Analysis

Saturday marked Sale's first victory since July 2, ending a six-game winless streak for the 27-year-old. Now in his seventh big league season, Sale sits just two wins away from his career high set back in 2012. Although the ace's overall strikeout rate for this season sits at a career low, the southpaw has been picking up the punchouts lately. Over his last 29.2 innings, Sale has whiffed 32 opposing hitters. His next start is Friday against Seattle. He held the Mariners to a single hit over eight scoreless innings last month, so Sale could be in line for another big fantasy night when he toes the rubber next.

Chris Sale
SP CWS
1 month ago

Sale allowed five runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings Sunday against the Marlins to take his sixth loss of the season.

EDGE Analysis

He struck out seven for the second consecutive start, but he suffered from a series of defensive miscues (including a few he made himself). The five runs were the most allowed in a start since the All-Star break, and he is now 0-4 since the beginning of July.

Chris Sale
SP CWS
2 months ago

Sale allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Royals.

EDGE Analysis

Sale has now thrown four consecutive quality starts, all on the road, but has gone 0-3 in this stretch thanks to a lack of run support. He is now up to 150 strikeouts in 154 innings this season, giving him an 8.9 K/9 that would be impressive for any other starting pitcher, but is well below Sale's standards. He had a 10.8 K/9 in 2014 and an 11.8 K/9 last season, and as things are going now, he will finish with his first season in which he failed to strike out at least as many batters as he has innings pitched.

Chris Sale
SP CWS
2 months ago

Sale (14-5) took the loss in an eight-inning complete game Wednesday against the Tigers. He allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 10.

EDGE Analysis

Through Sale's first 17 starts of the year, the White Sox went 14-3; however, in the southpaw's last four outings, the team is 0-4. Of course not all of this can be put on Sale, but he hasn't exactly helped the cause throughout the losing streak. Over his last four games, the 27-year old has averaged three walks per nine, solidly above his BB/9 average on the season, and holds a 4.00 ERA during the skid. In his defense, Sale had one major blow up against the Braves (eight runs on ten hits over five innings) that skew the numbers, and he's actually lowered his ERA despite going 0-3 since July 8. In addition, Sale put together a string of three straight quality starts with nothing to show for his efforts. When you dissect all of this the diagnosis does not fall on the pitcher, but rather on the White Sox offense that has been a bottom-feeder in the AL for runs scored since June. Sale remains a Cy Young candidate in every sense of the term. He ranks in the AL's top five for wins, strikeouts, complete games, WHIP and innings pitched.

Chris Sale
SP CWS
2 months ago

Sale (14-4) gave up two runs on six hits and three walks with just four strikeouts over six innings in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

Aside from the unusual lack of whiffs -- his second-lowest total of the year -- Sale was effective in his return from his jersey-destruction suspension, but he got narrowly outpitched by John Lackey. His relationship with the White Sox is clearly frayed; with the MLB trade deadline coming up and the team under .500, it's entirely possible that this could end up being Sale's last start with the team that drafted him 13th overall in 2010.

Chris Sale
SP CWS
2 months ago

Sale was officially reinstated from the suspension list Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

As expected, Sale will return to the active roster after serving his team-imposed, five-game suspension. Sale will start Thursday's series finale against the Cubs, while the club opted to send Wednesday's starter, Anthony Ranaudo, to Triple-A Charlotte.