There was a lot made of the big decision of whether Jake Peavy or Chris Sale should get the opening day nod as ace starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox this year. Sale not only got the start but also a new contract and has done nothing to disappoint all season long. He was the right choice for an extension and the right choice for staff ace as well. In spite of the White Sox struggles this season he has continuously been a stopper by putting up great start after great start.
Early on this season against the Cleveland Indians, Sale gave up eight runs in 4.1 innings. It was his worst start of this season. Actually it was his only bad start of the season. The other nine have been outstanding. In fact his ERA is below three even with that start in there but if you took those four innings out his ERA would be 1.55. He has only given up two runs in his last four starts, going 2 – 1 over a stretch that the Sox have struggled in. In fact his team has struggled enough that he has a loss in a game where he gave up only one run. In case you are wondering, yes that is ridiculous.
The Sox are battling hard to gain a last place spot right now it seems but they are still only a handful of games out of first. While they have had a terrible start to the season when you consider what type of season they should have had, they still are technically way in this race. They need some offensive changes and maybe even a coaching change or two. One thing that should remain constant however, is that every fifth day one of the best pitchers in the major league takes the ball for their team. Not everyone can say that.