Chris Sale only has one loss on his record this season and that came on June 12th against the Detroit Tigers. In that loss, Sale didn’t walk a batter and struck out 10.
Even in defeat, Chris Sale is dominant.
On Monday night however, Sale was dominant in victory.
Sale walked only one and struck out eight Kansas City Royals in a 3-1 White Sox win. In seven innings of work, Sale gave up seven hits and one earned run on 106 pitches (68 strikes).
“All the good teams have a legitimate ace and not only are they good, but once every five days you have a really good chance to win and that’s the kind of pitcher he is,” said White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn, who played a part in all three runs scored. “We feel like if we can get Chris some early runs we’re going to like our chances.”
-Dan Hayes, CSNChicago.com
Gordon Beckham would drill a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to give the Sox that important insurance run and a 3-1 lead that would stick for good.
Around this time last season, Chris Sale had a 2.81 ERA, but was 6-9 on the season.
Fast-forward to 2014 and Sale is a legitimate AL Cy Young candidate. In 15 appearances, Sale is 9-1 with a 2.03 ERA (tops in the AL), a 0.86 WHIP (tops in the AL) and two complete games. The craziest stat in Chris Sale’s dominating 2014 season is, in those 15 appearances, Sale has only walked 17 hitters.
That’s pretty solid, folks.
Sale and the Sox duke it out with the Royals again on Tuesday night in Chicago. Scott Carroll will take the mound for the White Sox. Carroll was pulled after five innings in his last start on July 12th in Cleveland due to a minor back issue. Kansas City will send another White Sox tormentor to the hill: Bruce Chen. In his last four starts against the Sox, Chen is 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA.
First pitch on Tuesday night is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
Quick White Sox Note:
Chris Sale last 3 starts (23.2 IP): 26 K/1 BB. #WhiteSox
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) July 22, 2014