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Chris Sale | Starting Pitcher | #49

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/30/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Florida Gulf Coast
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (13) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Sale was clobbered by the Twins in his season finale on Sunday, allowing five runs on six hits over his five frames.
The star southpaw punched out six on the afternoon and walked one. He allowed a leadoff inside-the-park homer to Byron Buxton to start the game. The Twins then scratched out four more runs in the third inning. He tailed off dramatically after a ridiculous start to the season, finishing the year 17-10 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 233/45 K/BB ratio over 226 2/3 innings. He's squarely in the discussion for the American League Cy Young award, though the poor finish to the season does hurt his chances. Oct 2 - 7:02 PM

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Chris Sale allowed three runs over seven innings against the Rays on Tuesday to earn his 17th win of the season.

Sale gave up eight hits while striking out seven in the victory. The southpaw is seventh in the American League with his 3.21 ERA and ranks third with his 227 strikeouts, and with the Cy Young race being wide open it's conceivable that Sale could find his name at or near the top of a lot of writers' lists when it's all said and done. The 27-year-old will have one more shot at making a good impression when he faces off against the Twins on Sunday.
Sep 28 - 1:20 AM

Chris Sale got whacked for six runs in four innings and was charged with a loss to the Phillies in Wednesday's interleague matchup.

He struck out five and didn't walk anybody, but he allowed seven base hits and beaned two batters. Six of those runners ended up touching the plate. It was a rare bad outing for Sale, who falls to 16-9 with a 3.23 ERA. He will get at least one and maybe two more shots to match his career high of 17 wins in a season. His velocity and strikeout rate fell noticeably this year but he remains one of the best pitchers in baseball.
Sep 21 - 10:13 PM

Chris Sale allowed four runs (three earned) against the Royals on Friday on the way to his sixth complete game of the season.

Sale was perfect over the first four innings, but the Royals plated two runs off him in the fifth and sixth innings. The southpaw shut them down from there and the White Sox battled back to put him in front for his 16th win. Sale fanned 10 and walked just one batter in the victory. His six complete games are the most by a White Sox pitcher since Bartolo Colon had nine in 2003. With a 3.03 ERA and 215/44 K/BB ratio in 210 2/3 innings, Sale is building some momentum in a wide open field of AL Cy Young Award contenders.
Sep 16 - 11:50 PM

Chris Sale whiffed eight while allowing just two runs over eight innings but had to settle for a no-decision in Monday's extra-innings loss to the Tigers.

Sale might have nightmares about Miguel Cabrera tonight, as Miggy slugged a pair of solo homers off the left-hander. The southpaw was essentially flawless otherwise, matching Justin Verlander pitch for pitch in the pitcher's duel. Sale has just one run over his last nine starts despite a 2.49 ERA over that stretch. He'll try to get back in the win column this weekend against the Royals.
Sep 5 - 8:33 PM

Chris Sale took a no-decision Wednesday despite limiting the Tigers to two runs over eight innings.

David Robertson gave up a walkoff RBI sac fly to Tyler Collins in the bottom of the ninth inning as the White Sox fell 3-2 at Detroit's Comerica Park. Sale did his part, scattering eight hits and four walks over eight frames while striking out six. He'll carry a 15-7 record and 3.10 ERA into his next start at home against this same Tigers team.
Aug 31 - 4:06 PM

Chris Sale allowed three runs and struck out 14 batters in a complete-game loss to the Mariners on Friday.

He also didn’t walk a batter. It was a good thing the Mariners got to him early, because Sale eventually found his groove and was completely dominant. The southpaw retired the final 16 batters he faced and struck out six batters in a row at one point. This was his fifth complete game of the season. He has now dropped four out of his last five decisions to fall to 15-7 on the year. He’ll bring a 3.14 ERA into a start against the Tigers on the road next week.
Aug 26 - 11:54 PM

Chris Sale held the Athletics scoreless over eight innings, and the White Sox eventually prevailed with a 6-2 win Saturday.

Sale gave up three hits, all singles, and walked three on the night. He also fanned eight. The win improved his record to 15-6 and snapped a winless streak that had dated back to July 2. Sale owns a 3.15 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 165/38 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings this year, and he'll try to make it two in a row Friday against the Mariners.
Aug 20 - 10:54 PM

Chris Sale failed to impress in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins, yielding five runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Sale struck out seven and walked one on the afternoon. He kept the Marlins off the scoreboard through the first four innings, but they would break through in the fifth. The big hit in the frame came from an unexpected source in opposing number Tom Koehler, who picked up a two-run single. The Marlins would score three runs total in the inning and put up two more in the seventh to polish off the scoring on the ace southpaw's line. He will try for better results when he takes his 3.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 157/34 K/BB ratio into a home start against the Mariners next time out.
Aug 14 - 4:24 PM

Chris Sale allowed three runs over seven innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Royals.

Sale struck out seven in the outing and left in line for his 15th win. Alas, it wasn't to be, as closer David Robertson blew a save for the second time in Sale's last four starts. Sale hasn't won since July 2 and is 14-5 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 150/34 K/BB ratio over 22 starts total. The 27-year-old will continue searching for that elusive win Sunday against the Marlins.
Aug 10 - 12:59 AM

Chris Sale gave up two runs in an eight-inning complete game loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

He struck out 10 batters and walked only one while allowing six base hits. He gave up an RBI double to Nick Castellanos in the fourth inning and a solo home run to J.D. Martinez in the eighth. Sale's record falls to 14-5 with a 3.12 ERA. He lines up for two starts next week.
Aug 3 - 10:10 PM

A source told ESPN's Jayson Stark that the chances of Chris Sale getting traded before the August 1 (4:00 p.m. ET) deadline are "under five percent."

It sounds like the Red Sox are the most aggressive suitors at the moment and they do have the prospects to pull it off, but it's a longshot for a deal to actually happen on Monday. Sale has also been pursued by the Dodgers and Rangers, two teams with stocked farm systems, but there's not much momentum on either of those fronts. The ace left-hander is under contract with Chicago through 2018 with a club option for 2019, so the asking price is doubtful to suddenly drop.
Aug 1 - 11:57 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale hears that the Red Sox had late-night talks with the White Sox regarding a possible Chris Sale trade.

Boston is one of the few organizations with the farm system to pull this off. Nightengale says the Dodgers are also still in play, and they're loaded in the minors too. Texas, meanwhile, has apparently moved on. Sale, 27, holds a 3.17 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 133/32 K/BB ratio in 139 innings this season for Chicago. He is under contract through 2018 with a club option for 2019.
Aug 1 - 10:32 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers haven't discussed a possible Chris Sale trade with the White Sox for "awhile."

There have been reports suggesting that the White Sox want both Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara from Texas in a return package for Sale, and that's just too high of a price. Sale is under contract with Chicago through 2018 and he holds a club option for 2019, so there's no pressure at all to move him. The ace left-hander owns a 3.17 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 133/32 K/BB ratio in 139 innings this season.
Aug 1 - 10:00 AM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Rangers "continue to be the most aggressive team" in the pursuit of Chris Sale.

Nightengale says the White Sox are asking for Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara in any deal involving Sale and it doesn't appear they're willing to budge. You can understand why their asking price would be so sky-high, but it's also understandable why the Rangers are declining. Sale still seems unlikely to be traded before the deadline, although a lot can change between now and Monday afternoon.
Jul 29 - 12:59 PM

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3B1Todd Frazier
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