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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
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox: keeping Sale makes sense only if you spend now

The upcoming 2016 season will mark the 11th anniversary of the first World Series title for a Chicago team in almost a century. While that magical year still resonates in the hearts of every Chicago White Sox fan, its also a troublesome reminder of just how little has been accomplished since that time on the Southside. With the last playoff berth occurring seven long seasons ago...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade For Chris Sale Seen As Real Possibility

(USATSI)Apparently, the new head of Red Sox Baseball Operations (Dave Dombrowski) isn't shy. There are new reports out today that link the Red Sox to a possible trade that would bring 26-year old left-handed starter Chris Sale to Boston. The return haul going from The Carmine Hose to The Pale Hose would be steep—with one report actually suggesting Xander Bogaerts as the price...
Via FenwayNation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Sale breaks 107-year-old White Sox record

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale set the Chicago White Sox's season strikeout record in the second inning of Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers. By getting James McCann looking at a 3-2 breaking ball, Sale registered his 270th strikeout of the season. Sale entered the game with 267 strikeouts and broke the mark set by Hall of Famer Ed Walsh in 1908 when he struck out 269 batters...
Via AP on Fox
October 02, 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

Yesterday, 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 would have...
Via The Sports Quotient
August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox Need A Big Game From Chris Sale to Avoid Series Sweep by Cubs

The Chicago White Sox are hoping that pitching ace Chris Sale can keep them from getting swept by the Cubs on Sunday (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)   CHICAGO- The Chicago White Sox (54-60) came into this weekend’s series with the Chicago Cubs (67-48) riding a three-game winning streak, and still having slight hopes of making an 11th hour playoff push. Unfortunately, the White...
Via The Sports Journal
August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

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

What if the White Sox decided to trade Chris Sale? What if it were to the Cubs? Here's what it could look like.
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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