Chris Sale eases Red Sox pitching fears
If he pitches like this, especially against the Yankees, Red Sox fans are going to have a love affair with Chris Sale. His outing against the Yanks yesterday showed Red Sox fans exactly what he can do.
Sale whipped the Yankees with ten strikeouts through six innings in the game Tuesday, allowing a mere four hits and absolutely no walks. One of those hits did happen to be a two-run shot by Matt Holliday in the sixth inning, but other than that smudge, Sale’s day was practically spotless.
A ten-K dominant day is exactly the salve the Red Sox need right now. With the news last week that last year’s ace David Price would not be able to start Opening Week, it seemed as though Boston would begin a fourth season with significant problems swirling around the starting rotation.
Then, Drew Pomeranz stretched the issue when he left Monday’s game due to “triceps tightness” in his pitching arm. This new injury, of course, adds to the worries that Pomeranz still might not be totally recovered from his arm troubles from 2016.
Manager John Farrell is encouraged, at least. “We do have a talented rotation. It’s still deep,” he said. “Yeah, we’ve got some health issues we’re working through, [but Sale] is a highly accomplished major league starter.”
Tuesday’s outing is reflective of Sale’s history with the Yankees. He’s 4-1 against the New York team with a 1.17 ERA. If he keeps up his spring training flair, this season’s Red Sox-Yankees face-offs could be very interesting.