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Chris Sale | Starting Pitcher | #41

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/30/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 178
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Florida Gulf Coast
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (13) / CWS
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Sale blanked the Orioles for eight innings and reached 300 strikeouts in Boston's 9-0 victory Wednesday.
Sale fanned 13 and allowed just four hits in one of his most dominant outings of the season. It was that last strikeout, of Ryan Flaherty in the eighth, that gave him 300, making him the first AL pitcher to reach that mark since Pedro Martinez in 1999. Martinez is the only other Red Sox pitcher ever to get there. Clayton Kershaw did fan 301 in 2015, but Sale will finish the season with the highest strikeout total of any pitcher since Randy Johnson had 334 in 2002. Sep 20 - 10:30 PM

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Chris Sale gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings Friday in a no-decision versus the Rays.

Sale was coming off an outing last Saturday in which he shut out the Rays for six innings. He's had just two really good outings in his last six starts, and he's certainly behind Corey Kluber in the Cy Young race now. Still, 16-7 with a 2.86 ERA and 287 strikeouts isn't bad.
Sep 16 - 1:27 AM

Chris Sale punched out eight batters in six shutout innings to earn a 9-0 victory over the Rays on Saturday.

It was a walk in the park for Sale, whose teammates spotted him an early nine-run lead. He surrendered six knocks -- all singles -- and issued one walk in the lopsided contest. He improves to 16-7 with a 2.76 ERA and 0.95 WHIP on the season. His 278 strikeouts lead the majors by a wide margin over Max Scherzer's 239. Sale is battling the Indians' Corey Kluber for the American League Cy Young Award.
Sep 10 - 12:52 AM

Chris Sale was hit hard in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering three runs on seven hits in just 4 1/3 innings of work.

Sale punched out six on the night while walking a pair. He had a difficult time keeping the ball in the yard, as Chase Headley, Matt Holliday and Todd Frazier each tagged him for solo shots. The last two marked the first time all season that Sale has allowed back-to-back homers. He'll look to get back on track when he takes on the Rays on Saturday.
Sep 3 - 11:28 PM

Chris Sale struck out 11 in seven-plus innings for the victory as the Red Sox shut out the Blue Jays 3-0 on Tuesday.

Sale got back on track tonight after a mediocre start against the Yankees and an awful one against the Indians. He allowed just one hit through seven innings before giving up a pair of singles to start the eighth. Fortunately, Addison Reed was able to bail him out afterwards. Sale had his 17th double-figure strikeout game of the year. He's 15-6 with a 2.77 ERA.
Aug 29 - 10:08 PM

Chris Sale had easily his worst start of the year Thursday against the Indians, allowing seven runs -- six earned -- over three innings in a loss.

Sale gave up seven hits and walked three, and perhaps most notably, struck out just three in the outing. Granted, six of the Indians' seven hits were singles, so it's not as though the southpaw got shelled. Still, it was his shortest start of the year, the most earned runs he's allowed and the fewest number of strikeouts in a start to date. With all that out of the way, the 28-year-old is still a stellar 14-6 with a 2.88 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 253/35 K/BB ratio across 26 starts. We're willing to bet he gets back on the horse Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Aug 25 - 12:25 AM

Chris Sale wasn’t at his best on Saturday, yielding seven hits and four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Yankees.

He racked up nine strikeouts while issuing just one walk. Sale usually tears the Yankees up (though he actually hasn’t won against them this year), but he was surprisingly human in this one. Most of the damage he allowed came on a three-run homer by Tyler Austin in the second inning. He also served up a solo shot to his former White Sox teammate Todd Frazier in the sixth. Saturday snapped the left-hander’s six-start unbeaten streak. He’ll take a 14-5 record into his next outing Thursday at Cleveland.
Aug 19 - 10:32 PM

Chris Sale was dominant in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sunday, whiffing 12 over seven innings of one-run baseball.

Sale allowed just four hits and two walks in the ballgame. The only blemish on his night was an RBI "triple" by Austin Romine in the fifth inning that was misplayed by Mookie Betts in center field. He'll bring an outstanding 2.51 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 241/31 K/BB ratio into a rematch against the Yankees on Saturday in Boston.
Aug 13 - 11:52 PM

Chris Sale notched 13 punchouts and surrendered just two singles in eight shutout innings during a 2-0 win over the Rays on Tuesday.

He allowed just four baserunners in the game and only one made it to second base. In addition to the two singles, Sale issued one walk and one batter reached base on an error by third baseman Rafael Devers. Sale threw a wild pitch to move a runner to second base in the seventh inning. That was the extent of the offense for the Rays in the ballgame. Sale is the frontrunner for the American League Cy Young Award at this point of the season and is rocking a 14-4 record with a 2.57 ERA and 0.88 WHIP. He leads the majors with 229 strikeouts against 29 walks in 161 1/3 innings. He stands a great chance of becoming the fourth pitcher of the century to record 300 strikeouts in a season (Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Clayton Kershaw).
Aug 8 - 11:46 PM

Chris Sale surrendered seven runs in five innings Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Indians.

Sale had worked with Sandy Leon every start this season, but Leon wasn't available tonight and the pairing with Christian Vazquez didn't go so well, though Vazquez ended up making up for it with his bat. Chalk it up as an off night. He allowed more runs tonight that he did in five starts in July (four runs in 34 2/3 IP).
Aug 1 - 11:28 PM

Chris Sale struck out 11 while scattering three hits over seven shutout innings in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Mariners.

Two of the three hits Sale surrendered went for doubles, but the Mariners were unable to capitalize on their extremely limited opportunities. With his 11 strikeouts on Wednesday, the ace southpaw is now up to 14 double-digit strikeout games for the season. Those 14 games are the most since Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson both achieved the feat back in 2002. Sale will try to keep it going when he brings a 2.37 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 211/27 K/BB ratio (148 1/3 innings) into a home start against the Indians next time he toes the rubber. He is the frontrunner to win the AL Cy Young at this juncture.
Jul 26 - 7:19 PM

Chris Sale shut out the Angels for six innings, striking out nine, in Boston's 6-2 win Friday.

Sale should have been able to cruise after getting a five-run lead in the top of the first tonight, but it took him 112 pitches to get through six innings. The Red Sox won't complain, though. Sale had at least nine strikeouts for the 17th time in 20 starts this season. Only five different pitchers have managed 20 nine-strikeout games in a season.
Jul 22 - 1:42 AM

Chris Sale pitched a gem on Saturday, limiting the Yankees to three hits and two walks over 7 2/3 shutout innings.

He matched a season-high with 13 punch-outs while throwing 85 of his 118 pitches for strikes. Sale was in line for his 12th win of the year but Craig Kimbrel blew a one-run lead in the ninth as the Red Sox went on to lose in 16 innings. Just as he has all season, Sale was in complete control, commanding his pitches like a maestro. The Cy Young frontrunner will be on display again Thursday versus Toronto.
Jul 15 - 11:31 PM

Chris Sale will start for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Another expected decision. Sale has been excellent in his first season with the Red Sox, putting up a 2.75 ERA over 18 starts. He leads the majors with 178 strikeouts. The southpaw is the first repeat All-Star starter for the AL since Dave Stieb did it from 1983-1984.
Jul 10 - 2:20 PM

Chris Sale allowed four runs while striking out 12 over seven innings in Thursday's loss to the Rays.

Sale gave up a pair of homers among seven hits allowed, and his Sox teammates were kept quiet by rookie Jacob Faria to saddle Sale with his fourth loss of the year. Still, he fanned 12 -- the 12th time in 18 starts he's registered double-digit strikeouts -- and Sale goes into the All-Star break with an 11-4 record, 2.75 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 178/22 K/BB ratio.
Jul 6 - 11:26 PM

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C1Sandy Leon
2Christian Vazquez
3Blake Swihart
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Sam Travis
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Eduardo Nunez
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Brock Holt
3Marco Hernandez
4Josh Rutledge
5Tzu-Wei Lin
LF1Andrew Benintendi
2Chris Young
CF1Jackie Bradley
2Rajai Davis
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Doug Fister
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Addison Reed
3Joe Kelly
4Matt Barnes
5Carson Smith
6Heath Hembree
7Fernando Abad
8Brandon Workman
9Blaine Boyer
10Austin Maddox
11Robbie Ross
12Tyler Thornburg
13Robby Scott
14Roenis Elias