Chris Sale is not having a great season. The Red Sox ace is posting an ERA of 4.27 with an FIP (fielding independent pitching) of 3.66 and has given up five earned runs in three straight starts. This isn’t the norm for Boston’s marquee pitcher, especially when his team is geared for a playoff chase.
Sale’s big problem this season has been pitch location. Sometimes, his pitches will tail off and hang. Sometimes, his pitches will miss the location and be bait for a home run (an example of this is Justin Turner’s two-run homer yesterday). Anyways, Sale has had some trouble with his command and it shows. Another example of this is Boston’s first game against Seattle, where Sale got tagged for seven earned runs and three homers in just three innings pitched.
In order for Boston to make up ground in the playoff picture, they’ll need Sale to rediscover his command and avoid giving up the meatball. Boston just acquired Andrew Cashner to bolster their rotation, so that should help. However, they’ll need ace Chris Sale instead of pedestrian Chris Sale in order to make the playoffs.
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