Chris Sale SP CWS 2 days ago

Sale (4-2) pitched 7.2 dominant innings Thursday against Baltimore, striking out 12 while allowing just four hits, no walks and no runs.

The bullpen very nearly blew it for him in the ninth inning, but they were able to hold on to preserve a 3-2 victory in the opening game of Thursday's doubleheader. Sale has now racked up double-digit strikeouts in three of his last four starts, with 40 total in that span. His ERA's still got some course correcting to do after a couple rough outings earlier this year, so expect Sale to keep the good times rolling as he faces Texas on Wednesday.

Chris Sale SP CWS 7 days ago

Sale took the loss Saturday, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk over eight innings, striking out 10.

That's now three strong starts in a row for Sale, who's dragged his ERA down to 4.21 and posted an outstanding 28:4 K:BB ratio in 24 innings over that stretch. His next turn in the rotation is scheduled for one game of Thursday's double-header, on the road against the Orioles.

Chris Sale SP CWS 2 weeks ago

Sale had his second consecutive strong start Monday against the Indians, lasting eight innings and only giving up one run and four hits while striking out seven.

Sale's ERA had gotten up to 5.93 five starts into the season, but his past two starts have been strong. In that span, he's struck out 18 batters and only walked three. He'll look to continue this strong streak in his next scheduled start Saturday against the Twins.

Chris Sale SP CWS 2 weeks ago

Sale fanned 11 batters Tuesday, earning the win against the Brewers while allowing two runs and three hits in eight innings.

This was a much-needed outing for Sale, who had allowed a combined 13 earned runs in his two previous starts. He has still given up four home runs this year, but Sale's strikeout rate will always help fantasy owners. He'll look to continue this success in his next start Monday against the Indians.

Chris Sale SP CWS 2 weeks ago

Sale (suspension) held the Brewers to two runs on three hits over eight innings Tuesday to earn his third win of the season.

Coming off a string of clunkers, Sale turned it on against the Brewers, striking out 11 of the 28 batters he faced and walking only one. The Brewers' offense can break several pitchers' cold streaks, and Sale should face another underperforming offense in the Indians for his next start.

Chris Sale SP CWS 3 weeks ago

Sale's five-game suspension is over, and he is set to return to the mound Tuesday night against the Brewers.

Sale's last start came May 6, so his suspension only pushed him back one day, and gave him five days between starts instead of four. The extra rest may not have been a bad thing after Sale was tagged for 13 earned runs in 8.1 innings over his last two starts. He will square off against a Brewers team that scored 25 runs over its last three games.

Chris Sale SP CWS 3 weeks ago

Sale (suspension) has been throwing fewer sliders and more changeups this season in an effort to reduce strain on his elbow, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Sale's slider is one of the more lethal pitches in MLB (opposing hitters managed just a .155 average off it last year over his career), and it has generally been the second most popular pitches in his repertoire. However, this year he has thrown 133 changeups to 49 sliders, and he has had a difficult time locating both. He may still be a bit rusty after missing nearly all of spring training, but hopefully that rust starts to fade as he gets more innings under his belt.

Chris Sale SP CWS 3 weeks ago

Sale began serving his suspension Thursday, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.

This was fully anticipated as the White Sox were waiting until finishing their series with the Tigers to sit down their suspended starters. All this means is that Sale's start will be pushed back one day, with Carlos Rodon slotting into the rotation for a spot start this weekend. More concerning perhaps is his struggles over his last two starts. He has given up 13 earned runs over 8.1 innings over his last two starts, including issuing a career-high five walks over 5.1 innings in his last start. Manager Robin Ventura suggested that Sale was not locating his pitches in either of those starts, and his velocity seems to be where it usually is. Sale will look to get back on track Tuesday at Milwaukee.

Chris Sale SP CWS 3 weeks ago

Sale gave up seven hits, five walks and five runs with six strikeouts in 5.1 innings Wednesday against the Tigers.

After a strong start to the season, Sale has had back-to-back disappointing performances. In his past two games, Sale pitched only 8.1 innings and gave up 13 runs. His ERA has now ballooned up to 5.93 and he'll look to bounce back in his next start Tuesday at Milwaukee.

Chris Sale SP CWS 1 month ago

Sale lasted only three innings Thursday, giving up nine hits, two walks and nine runs- eight earned- to go with four strikeouts in a loss to the Twins.

Sale gave up a career-high nine runs and seven of them came in the third. Kurt Suzuki, Shane Robinson, and Eduardo Escobar had bloop hits for RBIs to put the Twins in front and Brian Dozier capped it off with a three-run blast deep into the left field seats to give the Twins a 9-2 lead. It was just the third home run Sale has allowed in 18 career appearances against the Twins. All three were by Dozier. Sale will look to bounce back in his next scheduled start Wednesday against Detroit.