To this point, the Red Sox ace has excelled at almost every turn. Despite facing recent adversity, the bonafide ace is ready to dominate.
Chris Sale has been every bit as advertised as the headline starter for the Boston Red Sox. Before the season started, Sox GM Dave Dombrowski exemplified immense trust by dealing top prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech in exchange for Sale.
The trust has been rewarded as the lefty has been dominant for the Red Sox this season. Sale has been near unhittable against the American League East compiling a 3.21 ERA against the Orioles, 2.48 against the Rays, 2.12 against the Yankees, and a ZERO ERA against the Toronto Blue Jays. With the AL East being a particularly difficult division to pitch in, Chris Sale has made it look all to easy.
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Obviously, the success has come with a few struggles. Sale has been hit hard against the Cleveland Indians, as well as some former AL Central opponents; however that certainly should not take away from the significant amount of success.
Perhaps the most telling component of Chris Sale’s game is his mental make-up. He owns his poor performances, yet does not bask in his success. Where there is necessary improvement, he learns and bounces back.
After recording his 200th strikeout, Sale spoke with the media.
“It’s cool. I definitely appreciate it,” Sale said. “I’m not the biggest fan of looking into stuff like that. Those things are for the offseason or to one day tell my grandkids or something like that. But we’ve still got a lot of work to do, so I don’t want to get caught up with stuff like that.” via Ian Browne / MLB.com
Despite all of the personal accolades, it is clear that Chris Sale is focused on a World Series title in Boston.
The Red Sox ace has dealt with great success against the Blue Jays, as previously mentioned, but in the thick of a pennant race, Sale will be fully prepared. Just because the lefty has compiled 15 scoreless innings against a division rival does not mean he will coast in to one of his biggest starts to date.
Expect Chris Sale to be dialed in, focused, and prepared to dominate the Blue Jays line up, yet again.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:07 ET.