Although he wasn’t given the opportunity to start the 84th MLB All-Star Game for the American League, Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale still showed why he was selected to his second straight All-Star appearance Tuesday night at Citi Field.
Pitching the second and third inning for the AL, Sale threw a total of 24 pitches, allowing no runs or hits and striking out two. Using his mid-90’s fastball and his sharp-breaking slider, the young lefty kept the NL All-Stars off balance during his two innings of work.
For Sale, his impressive All-Star showing just reiterates how dominant the 24-year-old hurler has been in his two years as a starter for the White Sox. Moving forward, I’d expect Sale to only improve on an already stellar 2013.
For the White Sox, who seem to be heading toward some type of rebuilding phase, Sale proved once again Tuesday night that he’s the perfect arm to build a franchise around. Rumors have surfaced that Sale has been deemed “untouchable” as we near the MLB Trade Deadline, and if White Sox GM Rick Hahn is smart, Sale’s status will remain that way.
As baseball approaches its second half of the 2013 season, there’s no doubt Chris Sale is the AL’s top left-handed starter. His future looks bright, and it appears as if Tuesday night will not be the last time we see him in the All-Star Game.