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Chris Sale | Starting Pitcher

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/30/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Chris Sale was superb but picked up a no-decision Wednesday, allowing one run while striking out 10 over six frames in a loss to the Tigers.
Sale walked three and hit Victor Martinez with a pitch (which led to the benches emptying), but he yielded just four hits on the day. The White Sox' bullpen wound up imploding as the Tigers cruised to an easy win. Sale currently leads the American League with a 2.17 ERA with and 208/39 K/BB ratio over 174 innings. He has a shot at the AL Cy Young award but will likely be hurt by the fact that he's thrown way fewer innings than his competitors. Sep 24 - 4:14 PM

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Chris Sale had a rare off night Wednesday, giving up five runs in five innings in a loss to the Royals.

The especially bad news for Sale owners here is that the poor performance makes it far less likely that he'll get two starts next week; the White Sox were considering pitching him on the last day of the season to improve his Cy Young chances. Realistically, though, he had very little shot of beating out Felix Hernandez even before tonight. He's now 12-4 with a 2.20 ERA.
Sep 17 - 11:11 PM

Chris Sale shut out the A's for eight innings, allowing just two hits, to earn his 12th victory Thursday.

Sale struck out nine in his latest gem. It's the 13th time in 24 starts this year that he's fanned eight or more. Next time out, he'll get a Royals team that he's already 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA against this year.
Sep 11 - 5:08 PM

Chris Sale lasted six innings on Friday, allowing one run in a no-decision against the Indians.

Sale walked one batter and struck out five. Carlos Santana knocked in a run with an RBI single in the first, but after that Sale settled down and kept the Indians off the board. The lefty is posting career-bests in ERA (2.09), WHIP (0.94), BAA (.202) and K/9 (10.75) this season. Had he not missed time for injury, he would be in the thick of the Cy Young conversation. As is, he'll face the A's in his next start as he begins to wind down a stellar 2014 campaign.
Sep 5 - 10:54 PM

Chris Sale picked up his 11th victory of the season on Saturday, striking out 13 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tigers.

Sale surrendered three runs on six hits and a pair of walks in his seven innings of work. All of the damage against him came in the first inning, where Ian Kinsler belted a solo homer and Victor Martinez added a two-run blast, but Sale settled in nicely afterwards and dominated the rest of the afternoon. Now 11-3 on the season, he'll look to improve upon his outstanding 2.11 ERA and 0.94 WHIP when he does battle against the Indians in Cleveland on Friday.
Aug 30 - 4:37 PM

Chris Sale needed 121 pitches to get through six innings in a loss against the Orioles on Monday.

Sale was not sharp, but the lefty was still able to limit the Orioles to three runs. He allowed eight hits and walked two while striking out eight. He has thrown at least 100 pitches in each of 14 starts dating back to June 1. It is worth tracking how the workload affects Sale going forward. He has superb numbers, sporting a 2.12 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and a 158/26 K/BB ratio in 136 innings this season. His next start comes on Sunday against the Yankees in the Bronx.
Aug 18 - 11:26 PM

Chris Sale delivered eight shutout innings, striking out 12, on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Giants.

Sale scattered four hits and walked a pair. The win was stolen from him when Jake Petricka punted a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning, but Chicago scored a run in the tenth inning to win anyway. The dominant start wasn't a surprise. Sale came into this game 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA in six career starts against the National League, and 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 39 strikeouts across six road starts. The southpaw missed time earlier this year with a sore arm muscle, but he's still in the thick of the Cy Young race. Sale takes a 10-2 record and a 2.01 ERA into Sunday's date in Toronto.
Aug 13 - 1:55 AM

Chris Sale suffered his second loss of the season Wednesday, allowing two runs in six innings to the Rangers.

Sale pitched plenty well, yielding only three hits and striking out nine, but the Chicago offense offered just one run of support. The ace left-hander will carry a 10-2 record, 2.14 ERA, and 0.89 WHIP into his next scheduled start on the road against the Giants.
Aug 6 - 5:12 PM

Chris Sale gave up five runs over six innings of work in a no-decision against the Twins on Friday.

It's rare to see the White Sox ace get roughed up. Coming into Friday's start, he was on a roll of five consecutive starts in which he'd gone at least seven innings. He had only given up five earned runs over that stretch, a number he nearly matched on Friday (only four of the five runs on Sale's line were earned). Sale was victimized by extra-base hits, surrendering doubles to Kurt Suzuki, Kennys Vargas and Eduardo Escobar. Despite the subpar start, Sale holds a 2.09 ERA and a 10-1 record.
Aug 2 - 12:54 AM

Chris Sale delivered eight shutout innings Saturday to lead the White Sox past the Twins 7-0.

Sale carved his way easily through the punchless Minnesota lineup, allowing only five hits and two walks while fanning 12 batters. He's now 10-1 on the season with a brilliant 1.88 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 122/19 K/BB ratio in 110 innings. The ace left-hander will face the Twins again next week and should dominate.
Jul 26 - 9:46 PM

Chris Sale moved to 9-1 on Monday after holding the Royals to one run in seven innings.

Sale allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out eight. Surprisingly, he's just 7-7 lifetime against the Royals, though that does come with a sterling 2.36 ERA. He's allowed three runs total in his last three starts, and he's given the White Sox seven straight quality starts.
Jul 22 - 12:03 AM

Chris Sale won't make his first start of the second half until Monday.

The White Sox are going with Jose Quintana, Hector Noesi and John Danks in the weekend series versus the Astros, which means Sale will have 11 days of rest in between starts (though he did throw an inning in the All-Star Game). Sale is on pace for just 160 innings this season after his stint DL earlier, but Chicago obviously feels now is the best time to squeeze in a few extra days of rest for their stud left-hander.
Jul 18 - 8:54 AM

Chris Sale has won the All-Star Game Final Vote competition for the American League.

Sale beat out Rick Porcello, Corey Kluber, Dallas Keuchel, and Garrett Richards in the balloting. With a 2.08 ERA and 102/16 K/BB ratio over 95 innings, the 25-year-old southpaw is plenty deserving of the honor. He now has three straight All-Star selections.
Jul 10 - 5:09 PM

Chris Sale was charged with one run in 7 2/3 innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.

Sale left with a 4-0 lead and two outs in the eighth, but a full-blown meltdown took place afterwards. The Red Sox scored three times then, pushing across the one runner Sale left on base, and twice more in the ninth to win. Sale lowered his ERA to 2.08 with the performance.
Jul 9 - 10:22 PM

Chris Sale struck out 12 batters and held the Mariners to just one run in a complete game victory on Friday night.

Sale's chance at a shutout died with a Corey Hart sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning, though some poor defense from Dayan Viciedo in left field opened the door. The southpaw gave up six hits and didn't walk a batter. It was his second complete game of the season and his seventh on the year. He's now second in the AL behind Felix Hernandez with a 2.16 ERA.
Jul 4 - 9:53 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Adrian Nieto
3Josh Phegley
4Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2Rangel Ravelo
2B1Carlos Sanchez
2Marcus Semien
3Leury Garcia
SS1Alexei Ramirez
2Tyler Saladino
3B1Conor Gillaspie
LF1Dayan Viciedo
2John Danks
3J.B. Shuck
CF1Adam Eaton
2Tony Campana
RF1Avisail Garcia
2Michael Taylor
DH1Andy Wilkins
2Paul Konerko
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2John Danks
3Jose Quintana
4Hector Noesi
5Francellis Montas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake Petricka
2Zach Putnam
3Zach Duke
4Daniel Webb
5Javy Guerra
6Nate Jones
7Maikel Cleto
8Scott Snodgress
9Eric Surkamp
10Chris Bassitt
11Onelki Garcia