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Can Chris Sale Improve in 2016?

Can Chris Sale have the best year of his career in 2016? FanGraphs believes so, as they are projecting a 6.7 WAR for him in the upcoming season. Sale accumulated a 6.2 WAR last year, the highest of his career thus far, along with career-bests of 2.60 xFIP, 1.81 BB/9 and an 11.82 K/9. Sale — “The Condor” — is a sabermetrician’s dream subject, as advanced statistics tell...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Sale’s One That Got Away

A pitcher, standing on the mound, peers in toward his catcher for a signal. It’s the first pitch of an at-bat. The catcher puts down a couple fingers, and the pitcher shakes him off once. He shakes him off twice. The pair agree on a pitch. The pitcher starts his windup, rears back, and fires. Miss. Ball one. A league average batter now has a 37% chance of reaching base in this...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

A Failed Season Could Be The End Of Chris Sale And The Chicago White Sox

In the first of a mini three-part series looking at how this offseason could have a big impact on the 2016 First Year Player Draft, the Chicago White Sox are one team that is firmly caught in the middle on which direction they want to move. The decisions made by Ken Williams and Rick Hahn this […]
Via Baseball Essential
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: Why Trading Chris Sale Is the Wrong Move

Ever since the promising season of 2014 became not so promising many rumors have swirled about whether the Chicago White Sox should trade their ace Chris Sale. Many think the Sox should trade Sale because he would bring back a plethora of top notch prospects. I have a different thought about that though. Trading Chris Sale would be the wrong move for the Sox for three reasons; his...
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray: The anti-Chris Sale

Earlier this week, I took a look at the AL Cy Young race, utilizing batted-ball metrics to address the respective candidacies of David Price, Dallas Keuchel and Chris Sale. To make a long story short, I concluded that Sale’s strikeout-to-walk (K/BB) superiority, along with solid contact management skills that have been obscured by his horrendous team defense, placed him on top...
Via Fangraphs
October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

The AL Cy Young discussion

Last week, I addressed the Cy Young battle in the senior circuit and titled it “The NL Cy Young Showdown.” This time, it’s the AL’s turn — and “discussion” (as opposed to “showdown”) seems to be the proper way to characterize it. It’s been a low-key pitching season, comparatively, in the AL, with no one posting an ERA near Zack Greinke‘s, or pitching no-hitters...
Via Fangraphs
September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Chris Sale may be the most valuable player in baseball

On Sunday, Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale put together one of the most artful pitching performances of the season. Facing the crosstown rival Chicago Cubs, who had won 15 of its previous 16 games, Sale fanned 15 Cubs hitters in only 7 innings of shutout work, whilst giving up a single hit and walk. If it wasn’t for a 116-pitch count through those seven innings, Sale...
Via The Sports Quotient
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cubs-White Sox trade that would rock Chicago, MLB

By Darrell Horwitz In a two-team baseball town, clubs are often reluctant to trade with each other, fearing the potential repercussions if one bests the other. In Chicago, that premise especially holds true with fans of both the Cubs and White Sox. I think I have a trade that works out for both teams, though I’m sure fans will cry from hell to high water once they see the names...
Via The Sports Post
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Putting Chris Sale’s strikeout streak in historical perspective

By striking out 12 St. Louis Cardinals hitters on Tuesday night, Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox tied Pedro Martinez’s record for striking out at least ten hitters in eight games in a row. The feat is an impressive one, requiring a consistent level of performance for more than a month. Only four pitchers […]
Via Fangraphs
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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