Robin Ventura readily admits he may be biased when it comes to Chris Sale, but there is no doubt in the White Sox manager’s mind that the left-hander is the best pitcher in the American League.
“He’s the best,” Ventura said. “You can say I’m biased or not, he’s still the best.”
Not many would argue with Ventura, based on Sale’s dominance this season. After hurling another gem against the Blue Jays on Sunday during the Sox’s 5-2 victory, the veteran has 13 wins — two more than any other pitcher in baseball.
Sale (13-2) is tied for the AL lead in WHIP at 0.98, second in strikeouts with 109 and fourth in earned-run average at 2.79. He has allowed three runs or fewer in 13 of his 16 starts.
April 12, 2016 – 3:15pm EST- Anirudh Subramanian
Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox is one of the best pitchers in the American League. Surprisingly he has never won the CY Young Award, which is given to the best pitcher. Previous winners have been Dallas Kuechel, Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber. All those guys are really good pitchers but I would say Sale is at their level or better. Just look at his numbers the last handful of years.
He has been one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball. Outside of 2012, where the White Sox had finished above .500 this team has been one of the worst in the AL during his time there. His numbers could be even better if he played for a better team. He loses some of the votes for CY Young because his team is not in the playoff hunt. This year the White Sox went out and added pieces to make this team a playoff contender. They have brought in Matt Latos and Todd Frazier to make this team better. Frazier should help bring this lineup some length as they relied way too much on Jose Abreu for production. Latos should slot right behind Jose Quintana and Chris Sale. He will give them a better #3 in the rotation. This team is still 1 more starter away from being a playoff team but with these additions they should be much better.
By Dave van Dyck, Chicago Tribune reporter | 8:05 p.m. CDT, June 11, 2012
He leads the American League in earned-run average (2.05), WHIP (0.92), opponents’ batting average against (.188) and is tied for the lead in victories (8), but White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is barely known outside of Chicago.
Sale, the 13th pick overall, is one of only four players from the first and supplemental rounds of the 2010 draft to have made it onto a major league roster.
He is lucky to have been drafted by perhaps the only organization in baseball that isn’t afraid to promote inexperienced players with talent — and maturity.
By Daryl Van Schouwen/ suntimes.com | 05/28/12 8:44 PM ET
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Left-hander Chris Sale made a memory on a historic Memorial Day at a place where his other great memory was attending his first major-league game.
Sale struck out a Tropicana Field-record 15 Rays in 71/3 innings Monday, falling one short of Jack Harshman’s franchise record set in 1954, as the White Sox edged the Rays 2-1 for their sixth consecutive victory and 10th in their last 11.
“It’s a special day, especially growing up, kind of being a Tampa Bay Rays fan,” said Sale, a Lakeland native who had a sizable and vocal cheering section of family and friends among the 22,227 in attendance. “My uncle took me to my first game here a day after my birthday. It was fun coming to Florida.”
By Chicago Sun-Times – April 10, 2012
CLEVELAND — These White Sox are a thoughtful and generous lot.
For manager Robin Ventura’s first victory Saturday, Adam Dunn came through with a bottle of Dom Perignon. For 23-year-old left-hander Chris Sale’s first major-league start Monday, Alejandro De Aza and A.J. Pierzynski handed him a three-run lead before he even took the mound.
“Any time you jump right out of the gate with three runs, it brings energy,” said Sale, who allowed one runs and three hits, struck out five and walked two in 62/3 innings. “Those first three runs set the tone for the rest of the game.”