Apr 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcherChris Sale
(49) throws a pitch against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale didn’t have his best stuff Friday night, but he did earn the win on the mound after pitching just five innings, as the White Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians, 9-6.
It was the worst of the three outings of the season for Sale, who is now 3-0, but with the White Sox, the way I look at it, a win is a win. Sale has pitched in three of the six Chicago wins this season.
In an article from the Chicago Sun-Times, it quotes Sale, speaking about the feel of the team this season:
"“The feel from this year is completely different. We’re battling, we’re fighting.”"
Sale is correct in that statement.
The ’14 White Sox might not be the best overall team in baseball. They may not have the best starting pitching one through five, or have the the most consistent bullpen, but the feel of this team is completely different that what it has been in recent seasons.
If this were last season, Sale’s five-inning performance of allowing three earned run on six hits in five innings would have been a loss, no doubt in my mind whatsoever.
This season, that type of performance, with how the White Sox are hitting at the plate … it gives them a chance, and Sale’s five-inning performance was good enough this time around.
I’m excited what not only the rest of this month brings for this team, but the months of May and June. I know there will probably be some more inconsistencies within the pitching ranks of this team along the way, but at the plate … I’m more curious, than excited, to see what happens.
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