Jun 23, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports
3. Opponents batting average
Team don’t hit much against the best pitcher on the White Sox. Sale leads the AL by keeping the opposition to a batting average of .194, tied with Garrett Richards of the Angels. In third is Hernandez at .206.
Sale does what most aces in MLB do or should do … every time he steps onto the mound, he gives the White Sox a very good chance to win the ball game. When he is holding the opponent to a .194 BA, that really should be catching the attention of Ferrell.
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4. A winner
Sale’s winning percentage this season is .889, the best in not only the AL, but in all of MLB. In second is Hernandez at .833.
Sale is second in the Majors (first in the AL) in hits allowed per nine innings at 6.18, training only Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto in the Majors who is at 5.62. Sale also is first in the AL in walks plus hits per inning at 0.87, with second place being Hernandez at 0.92.
The White Sox ace is 8-1 this season in 13 starts with two complete games this season. In games that he pitches, like what I wrote earlier, every time Sale takes the mound for the White Sox, he gives them their best opportunity to win until the next time he takes the mound.
5. Earned the spot
Not many pitchers have done or are able to do what Sale has done in limited time this season. He missed basically a month of pitching, but still has eight wins in his 13 starts, plus just one loss.
Opponents are stumped when they face him, and he’s played well against some of the better teams in baseball, including the Mariners last night.
I believe Sale has done more than enough to earn a spot on the All-Star roster, and if isn’t on the team, it would be a mistake.
What are your thoughts on Sale and him being on the AL roster?