Apr 17, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox left fielder Alejandro De Aza (30) hits a double against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
After reading an ESPNChicago.com article by Doug Padilla about if it was a risk or a smart move to have left-hander Chris Sale throw 127 pitches in April, it got me thinking … was it actually worth the risk?
The article on ESPN Chicago said:
"“It was a combination of tapping into Sale’s competitive nature as long as possible …But it also was a gigantic workload on an April evening that seemed riskier than it was worth in the big picture.”"
All of that is true, and manager Robin Ventura even said they don’t want that every night from Sale.
It is tough, because on one hand, Sale was in one of the best pitcher’s duels any fan of baseball will see all season with Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox. Then the other hand, it is April, and you don’t to injure your best starter in April.
But I’ll admit … it was a thing of beauty.
But I can see being worried as well, especially with the string of pitchers already out for the season with arm injuries.
It is basically the old saying: “damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” type of situation.
I wish the White Sox had a reliable bullpen, and none of us wouldn’t even have to have this type of discussion this early in the season.
Maybe the White Sox need to focus on the bullpen more, if for nothing else, for the health of Sale.
In other White Sox news:
• Over at the Chicago Tribune, here is a video they posted of Sale talking about his start on Thursday night.
• Here is a series preview from whitesox.com as the White Sox are set to face the Texas Rangers.
• Here is an article from CSN Chicago on how the White Sox are “still confident.”
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