Hopefully, both Chris Sale and Jesse Crain left their calendars open for July 16.
While most of their fellow teammates will be getting their first extended break of the 2013 season, Sale and Crain will be representing the Chicago White Sox and the American League at Citi Field in the 84th MLB All-Star Game.
The All-Star rosters for both the AL and NL were announced Saturday evening, and despite their struggles as a team, there was little doubt that the White Sox had two pitchers deserving of an All-Star spot.
Lefty starter Chris Sale hasn’t had your typical All-Star season. The 24-year-old ace is just 5-7 in 2013, and he hasn’t picked up a win since May 17. However, as we all know, some numbers don’t tell the whole story.
Despite his poor record, Sale sits fifth in the AL in ERA (2.79) and sixth in all of baseball in WHIP (0.96). His 114 strikeouts are the most of any left-handed pitcher in the AL, and he’s allowed three or less earned runs in 12 of his 15 starts this year. Sale was a manager’s selection; this will be his second All-Star appearance.
Crain, on the other hand, was a player’s choice for the 2013 AL All-Star roster. Unfortunately, Crain will not get the opportunity to play in the actual All-Star Game due to his strained right shoulder.
Prior to being placed on the DL last week, Crain had been every bit of an All-Star. In 38 relief appearances, he’s posted a 0.74 ERA and struck out 46 hitters while walking just 11. This is his first time being selected as an All-Star in his 10-year career.