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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Chris Sale is first pitcher to record 17 strikeouts in seven innings or fewer

Chris Sale is really good at pitching.

The Red Sox pitcher was dealing on Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies, recording a career-high 17 strikeouts in seven innings and making MLB history in the process.

Sale went seven innings, allowing two runs on a two-run homer by Nolan Arenado in the seventh. But other than that, the Rockies didn’t make much contact. Sale struck out his first six batters, one shy of an American League record. He wound up getting eight of the first nine hitters he faced to whiff.

This feels telling about our current moment in baseball, in several different regards.

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 99 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, milestones, strikeouts

Monday, April 29, 2019

Instead of waiting for the real Chris Sale, maybe we should redefine what that means

We’ve recycled the phrase since his first start, but it has grown as stale as his fastball. Perhaps it’s time to stop waiting for “the real Chris Sale.”

Maybe we’re looking at him.

On Sunday, Sale delivered another flawed outing in a 5-2 loss to the Rays that dropped the Red Sox to 11-17 and Sale to 0-5. He probably deserved slightly better—he limited Tampa to four hits and two earned runs while striking out eight over seven innings—but let’s not get carried away. He pitched well enough to take a no-decision instead of another L.

As far as avant-garde plays about current members of the Red Sox go, Waiting For The Real Chris Sale doesn’t hold a candle to either Six Players In Search Of The Injury List or The Hirsute Closer.

 

QLE Posted: April 29, 2019 at 04:42 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sale: ‘This is flat-out embarrassing’

Leon didn’t bring his magic pitch calling to the game yesterday.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 08:16 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Opening day winners and losers: Robinson Cano, Chris Sale and pace-of-play

It’s one game out of 162. One day out of months of them. So how much can you really take away from opening day in Major League Baseball? It’s a valid question. But have you ever known sports not to be a world of overreaction?

So, sure, we’re assessing the winners and losers of opening day. And, yes, the premise is somewhat flawed. But we also know that every baseball fan approaches opening day with slightly more optimism than the other days. Even people in Baltimore.

The winners aren’t just the teams that score more runs — even though that is also technically true. Being an opening day “winner” is about making a statement on the biggest day of the year when all 30 teams play. It’s also about being on the opposite side of expectations. So, no, the Orioles aren’t necessarily “losers” for losing.

The good news? Tomorrow is a new day. And so is the day after that.

Some commentary concerning opening day- wonder how many of these points will still apply at the end of the season….

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2019 at 08:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, opening day, pace of play, robinson cano

Monday, March 25, 2019

Red Sox sign Sale to 5-year, $145M extension

Left-hander Chris Sale has signed a five-year contract extension with the Boston Red Sox, team president Dave Dombrowski announced Saturday.

The five-year deal is worth $145 million, league sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan, and includes an opt-out after three years, a vesting sixth-year option based on stats worth at least $20 million and a no-trade clause beginning in the middle of the 2020 season.

The deal adds to Sale’s current contract (one year remaining) and will go through the 2024 season, with Sale making $30 million annually in the first three seasons and $27.5 million annually in the final two, league sources told Passan.

By popular demand!

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2019 at 10:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, contract extension, red sox

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Is Sale’s fastball on the up-and-up? Hitters say yes - Sports - providencejournal.com

The big question is, can he stay healthy enough to pitch all year?

Based on the way hitters talk about and react to Sale’s pitching, there are times it seems his mechanics are near perfect. Yet he continues to find things to work on. In a recent bullpen, Pedro Martinez was giving Sale some feedback on his change-up, which Sale welcomes since he feels Martinez’s was “one of the best, no doubt.”

In addition to talks with Martinez, along with both Bannister and Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie, Sale has figured out exactly what needs to be done to keep his change-up consistent, along with his fastball and slider.

“The key for me with my change-up is, because I throw (from a lower arm slot), sometimes my hand will get flat,” Sale said. “It cuts or kind of spins off (without depth). ... Especially with the change-up, I try to create movement with it. So when that happens, sometimes my elbow will drop and it gets flat and I push it, instead of just throwing it. The main key for me is (keeping) my ring finger on top of the baseball. Once that gets sideways, it’s done. But having Pedro there to tell me that’s basically the same thing that he thought, it’s like, ‘OK, well, I’m at least on the right track.’”

Sale took another step toward seeing spring training action on Monday, throwing 45 pitches over three innings in a simulated game. He threw 32 strikes, punched out five, hit a batter, walked a batter and gave up three hits, one being an RBI-double to end his day.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Monday, March 04, 2019

Why Chris Sale believes he is built for the long haul | WEEI

It will be tough to risk a huge money LTC with Sale after watching him struggle to stay on the field last year.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2019 at 09:55 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, red sox

Friday, March 01, 2019

Top 5 impending free agents now that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado signed

The saga of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado’s search for a new home has finally come to an end which means it’s time to start obsessing over the next big free agent contracts.

While we’ll certainly miss the Bryce-Manny Tracker, the wave of superstars following them to pick out their own Brinks truck will provide just as much excitement in their hunt for a new contract.

Among the top five free agents who should cash in are three MVPs, three World Series champions and arguably the greatest player in baseball in generations.

Well, no better time to start this conversation than the present….

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, francisco lindor, free agents, kris bryant, mike trout, mookie betts

 

 

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