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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 and the Red Sox made changes to his offseason program this winter in hopes of keeping him fresh throughout the year.
"I showed up for spring training really ready to go," Sale said of last season, the final 11 starts of which he went 4-4 with a 4.09 ERA. "My arm was in midseason form. We’re going to gradually build that up." Sale will throw less ahead of the season and during spring, and may even skip a start or two during the year in hopes of keeping him in peak form until October. It's scary to think that the 28-year-old could be even better than the 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 308/43 K/BB ratio he posted in 2017, but that's what he and the club are aiming for. Jan 20 - 11:33 PM
Source: Boston Globe

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Red Sox exercised LHP Chris Sale's $12.5 million club option for 2018.

A no-brainer move here for Boston. Sale should finish high in the 2017 American League Cy Young balloting after registering a 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 308/43 K/BB ratio over 214 1/3 innings this season. He'll be a bargain at $12.5 million in 2018 and he also carries a team-friendly $13.5 million club option for 2019.
Thu, Nov 2, 2017 11:12:00 AM

Chris Sale struck out six while yielding two runs over 4 2/3 relief innings in Monday’s loss to the Astros.

Sale didn’t start the game on short rest, but he was the first guy called upon out of the bullpen after an abbreviated outing from Rick Porcello. Unlike in his Game 1 start, Sale was electric out of the bullpen Monday. Unfortunately for the southpaw and the Red Sox, his one mistake cost him, with Alex Bregman launching a changeup that Sale left up over the Green Monster in the eighth inning to tie the game. Another run was charged to his ledger after Craig Kimbrel let an inherited runner score. Sale had a few clunkers down the stretch of the regular season and in his lone playoff start, but overall his campaign was obviously a brilliant one.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 05:46:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Chris Sale will be available out of the bullpen for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Astros on Monday.

It's all hands on deck for the Red Sox as they attempt to keep their season alive. There could be a rain delay at some point, so Farrell didn't consider starting Sale on short rest, but he could still be a factor in this one. Farrell also said that he could look to get nine outs between Addison Reed and Craig Kimbrel.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 11:25:00 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that Chris Sale could be available out of the bullpen for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

With the Red Sox staring at an 0-2 deficit, they're willing to do anything to win Sunday's game and that could include using their ace out of the bullpen on short rest. There have also been rumblings that he could be used to start Game 4 on short rest if Doug Fister and the Red Sox are victorious on Sunday.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 02:13:00 PM

The Red Sox haven't ruled out starting Chris Sale on short rest in a potential Game 4 of the ALDS, but it's likelier that he's held back for Game 5.

Sale has had some clunkers down the stretch, including in a Game 1 loss to the Astros, as it seems like he's wearing down a bit. For that reason, it would make sense to give him an extra couple days' rest even if the Red Sox would be facing elimination in Game 4. Manager John Farrell is keeping his options open, though. If it's not Sale in Game 4, it will be Rick Porcello.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 12:40:00 PM

Chris Sale was tagged for seven runs in five-plus innings Thursday in a loss to the Astros.

Sale made all kinds of mistakes in his first ever postseason start and mostly resembled the guy who gave up seven runs twice in August and four homers in his final regular-season start. He'll get the ball again if the ALDS goes five games, but the Red Sox might actually be better off with Drew Pomeranz pitching that game.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 07:51:00 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Chris Sale will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros.

That must have been a difficult decision for him. More interesting among Farrell's comments, although not surprising, is that he said bringing Sale back on three days' rest for a potential Game 4 is "part of the conversation." Sale is in the running for the American League Cy Young this year.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 01:05:00 PM

Chris Sale will not start for the Red Sox on Sunday versus the Astros.

They can now save him for Game 1 of the ALDS after they clinched the American League East on Saturday. Hector Velazquez will get the ball Sunday instead. Sale finishes the season with a 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 308/43 K/BB ratio over 214 1/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 07:23:00 PM

Chris Sale will start for the Red Sox in Sunday's regular season finale if the American League East has yet to be decided.

If the Red Sox win or the Yankees lose on Saturday however, Sale will not start on Sunday and will be held back for the first game of the ALDS. Fantasy owners hoping for one more start from the star left-hander should keep their fingers crossed.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 11:14:00 AM

Chris Sale was tagged for five runs in five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Sale has been alternating good and bad starts of late, which might have the Red Sox a little nervous with the postseason approaching. It's unclear when Sale's next start will come. He's not perfectly lined up for Game 1 of an ALDS, so he might pitch a couple of innings this weekend if the Red Sox clinch. Alternatively, he still might be needed to secure the division, depending on how things work out.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 10:42:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 10:30:00 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 01:27:00 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.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 12:52:00 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.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 11:28:00 PM

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C1Hector Velazquez
2Sandy Leon
3Blake Swihart
4Oscar Hernandez
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Sam Travis
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Deven Marrero
3Esteban Quiroz
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Brock Holt
3Marco Hernandez
4Tzu-Wei Lin
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
2Bryce Brentz
DH1Hanley Ramirez
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Steven Wright
6Eduardo Rodriguez
7Jalen Beeks
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joe Kelly
3Matt Barnes
4Carson Smith
5Heath Hembree
6Brandon Workman
7Austin Maddox
8Robby Scott
9Roenis Elias
10Hector Velazquez
11Tyler Thornburg
12Williams Jerez
13Chandler Shepherd
14Ty Buttrey