Chris Sale SP CWS 3 Days
Sale struggled against the Royals on Wednesday, surrendering five runs on nine hits in just five innings of work to take his fourth loss of the season.
He struggled a bit with his command in this one, and the Royals hit two of those mistake pitches over the wall. Lorenzo Cain's three-run home run in the third inning marked just the second time all season Sale has allowed a home run with more than one runner on base, and the fact that he only has four losses for a team that could lose 85-90 games should be seen as an accomplishment. The clunker sent his cumulative ERA back over 2.00, but he should still be in the discussion for this year's AL Cy Young award.
Chris Sale SP CWS 5 Days
Sale may only receive two more starts this season if the White Sox stick with a six-man rotation for the rest of the way, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
"Right now, we're going probably as what it is, probably just keep the six," Ventura said. Call-up Chris Bassitt is in line to make his third and fourth starts this week, which will reduce the number of outings needed out of Sale by one. Tentatively, both of Sale's starts will come against the AL Central contenders -- Detroit and Kansas City. Fortunately, Sale has done well against them this season - 3-1 in four starts with a 1.56 ERA and a 37:4 K:BB
Chris Sale SP CWS 9 Days
Sale (12-3) dominated the A's over eight innings Thursday, striking out nine while allowing just two hits and two walks in a 1-0 victory.
Sale and Scott Kazmir matched zeroes until Kazmir allowed a run in the sixth, and that was all that Chicago's ace would need. The spectacular outing pushed his ERA back under 2.00 for the first time since July 26; with a 1.99, he continues to lead the American League in that category and is tied with Felix Hernandez for the league's best WHIP, 0.92.
Chris Sale SP CWS 9 Days
Sale threw eight scoreless innings Thursday against the A's to earn his 12th win of the season.
Sale received an extra day of rest between starts, but he clearly was not thrown from his rhythm. He allowed two singles to Jed Lowrie, and no other Athletic achieved a base hit against Sale. Sale's ERA is now at an AL-leading 1.99, and his 192 strikeouts rank sixth, which is impressive when you consider he has pitched at least 40 innings fewer than all of the guys ahead of him. Even with 12 wins, he should be a top-2 Cy Young candidate come season's end.
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Sale's next start will come Thursday against the A's, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.
Sale last pitched Friday, so he will get an extra day of rest in between starts. Sale, who has yet to face the A's this season, is scheduled to square off against Oakland's Scott Kazmir.
Chris Sale SP CWS 15 Days
Sale was sharp again Friday night, allowing just one run on five hits, walking one and striking out five over six innings, but was left with a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Cleveland.
He has been dominant virtually all season with a 2.09 ERA but lack of run support and a shaky bullpen have cost him a considerable number of possible wins. He'll take on Oakland at home in his next start.
Chris Sale SP CWS 21 Days
Sale struck out 13 over seven innings in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers to improve to 11-3 on the season. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks.
The lefty got off on the wrong foot Saturday, surrendering solo homers to Ian Kinsler and Victor Martinez in the first inning, but he settled down from there, giving up just one extra-base hit over his final six frames. Sale's 13 strikeouts set a new season high, and he now has seven double-digit strikeout games this season.
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Sale allowed four runs (all unearned) on four hits in six innings Sunday against the Yankees on Sunday, but he did not factor into the decision. He struck out seven and walked three.
Sale was breezing through this one in typical Sale fashion, and it only became a clunker after Dayan Viciedo dropped a fly ball in the bottom of the sixth, paving the way for a four-run inning. The error made it so that all of the runs were unearned, but Sale did not help himself with two walks in the inning and a hit batsman that resulted in a run. His next start should come Saturday against Detroit.
Chris Sale SP CWS 1 Month
Sale (10-3) took the loss Monday after giving up three runs on eight hits, including two home runs and striking out eight over six innings against the Orioles.
J.J. Hardy and Nelson Cruz each took Sale deep in this one. It marks the first time the lefty has allowed two home runs in the same game this season. Sale still owns a fantastic 2.12 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 158:26 K:BB ratio in 136 innings. He takes the hill Sunday in New York versus the Yankees.
Chris Sale SP CWS 1 Month
Sale threw an absolute gem Tuesday, pitching eight shut-out innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out 12 batters before seeing his bullpen blow a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning to the Giants.
Granted he didn't get the win Tuesday, Sale is pitching lights-out once again this year. With a 10-2 record, 2.01 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 150:24 K:BB ratio in 130 innings pitched, Sale is a legitimate candidate for the AL Cy Young Award this year. Sale's next start is scheduled for Sunday at home against the Blue Jays.