The Chicago White Sox announced that starting pitcher Chris Sale will make his first start in ten days Monday night against the Kansas City Royals. Sale, 23, reportedly is dealing with a case of “dead arm”. His last start against the Texas Rangers went fine except that he was only touching 91 mph on the radar gun. This is down considering Sale was one of the hardest throwing starters in the league with a 95.5 mph average.
Sale, who was a first time All Star in 2012, is 12-3 with a 2.61 ERA in 18 starts. He has given up 36 earned runs on 96 hits in 124 innings pitched to go with a 114/31 K/BB ratio. Sale is challenging Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Jered Weaver and David Price for the AL Cy Young award.
Sale will face Luis Mendoza (5-7 4.32) in Monday’s series opener at US Cellular Field in Chicago. Tuesday will feature Jake Peavy (9-7 3.04) for the Sox and Bruce “Cy” Chen (7-9 5.66) for the Royals. Thursday finale will have Jose Quintana (4-1 2.80) coming off a break of his own going against Jeremy Guthrie (0-3 7.71)
It will be very important that starters like Francisco Liriano, Gavin Floyd and Phil Humber step up and help both Sale and Quintana, who haven’t pitched this many high pressure innings in their young careers. Look for Sale and Quintana to have little extended breaks throughout the rest of the season.
The White Sox were able to get the series win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday by getting a 4-2 victory. Catcher AJ Pierzynski homered in his fifth consecutive game in a pinch hit situation that gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead. Kevin Youkilis hit his ninth home run in a White Sox uniform.