May 22, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The scheduled start for Chicago White Sox left-handed pitcher Chris Sale has been switched to Sunday against the San Diego Padres.
The White Sox tweeted the following:
Sale’s previous start was stopped at three innings in a twice rain-delayed game against the Cleveland Indians on May 27, which the White Sox won, 2-1.
The left-hander allowed no runs or hits but did walk one batter. He finished with four strikeouts.
Since his return from the DL, Sale, in two starts (nine innings), has struck out 14 batters. His first start back from the DL was against the New York Yankees on May 22.
This rescheduling of Sale’s start makes sense, but I really wanted to see him face Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles Monday night. It looks like he’ll be switching starts with Jose Quintana, who was originally scheduled to start on Sunday.
Another way this makes since is Sale will be pitching at US Cellular Field and has yet to pitch away from his home ball park since returning from the DL. Maybe this will not only draw more fans to “The Cell,” but it will be more of a comfort zone for Sale pitching at home.
Sale will now oppose Padres pitcher Eric Stults (2-5, 4.92 ERA) Sunday.
This season, Sale is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA and a WHIP of 0.69. He’s struck out 43 batters.