Don’t look now but Chris Sale is looking like a quality starting pitcher. Before yesterday’s start against he Reds Sale had posted a 9.82 ERA through his first couple of starts and was really hard on himself. He then went out and had a dominant performance in six innings.
Sale was masterful yesterday. The lanky southpaw shut down the Cincinnati Reds yesterday going six innings, striking out six, only allowing two hits while retiring 18 of 20 batters he faced. This is a huge step in the development of Sale who is penned in to a rotation spot when the season starts.
Up until the last start Sale was rocked by the Dodgers to the tune of five earned runs with seven over seven hits in four and a third innings. His first start of the spring against the Cubs was a three inning performance where he gave up three runs.
As we close out March, this is the time of spring training you want to see the regular players begin to round into form to start the season. This pitching performance by Sale will go a long way towards easing the minds of Robin Ventura and Kenny Williams but he is still a young pitcher judged from start to start. His next one comes this weekend.