With just about a month until the 2013 MLB All-Star rosters are selected, players from both the American and National League have only a few more weeks to cement themselves as All-Stars.
Chris Sale, the ace of the Chicago White Sox starting staff, can certainly make a case to represent the White Sox in the 2013 All-Star Game. The left-hander, who was an All-Star in 2012, has been almost untouchable this season. In nine of his 11 starts, Sale has allowed three earned runs or less, including a complete-game, one-hit shutout out in May against the Los Angeles Angels.
Sale’s 2.68 ERA ranks fifth among AL starters, and his 0.92 WHIP is third-best in the AL. There’s no doubt the 24-year-old hurler has put together an All-Star type year so far. With a few more dominating outings, he’ll most likely find himself at Citi Field come July 16.
The Sox young lefty can start his push toward his second straight All-Star appearance tonight against the Houston Astros. The Astros feature a lineup that strikes out more than any other team in the MLB. If Sale has anywhere near his top stuff, I’d expect a pretty strong performance from Chicago’s ace.
In one career start against Houston, Sale is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts. Tonight, however, will be his first career start at hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park.
Another solid outing for Sale this evening would only strengthen his already impressive All-Star resume, and his Cy Young stock could begin to raise as well.