Welcome to early-to-mid July (7/12/18) to be exact. The air conditioner is on and Chris Sale got a win on (7/11/18) which improved his record to 10-4 alongside a minuscule 2.23 ERA. I guess I should grab some pom poms and shake my posterior.
“Earning” their 65th victory (4-2 at Fenway) against the now 40-54 Texas Rangers is really something Red Sox fans should not be bragging about. You are really going to tell me that the 29-year-old Sale shouldn’t have beaten the 45 year old Bartolo Colon? Colon is now 5-7 with a 4.64 ERA.
4 runs seemed like a gift for Sale against the Rangers when during Sale’s 3-game losing streak this season, the Red Sox only mustered 5 runs in those 3 games. It is underwhelming the team can’t provide runs for their ace at times. The only starting pitcher that shows intensity on the mound. Personally, it is still surreal to see him in a Red Sox uniform.
Sale has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for years. His career began at age 21 in 2010 for the Chicago White Sox. He played for the White Sox for 7 seasons. The White Sox were not a team looking out for Sale’s best interests.
Typically, he has been mismanaged throughout every season which results in him flaming out towards the end of the season. Lets take a moment to look at his postseason success in the only season he’s made it there.
Last postseason, Sale pitched 2 games (1 game started) for your Boston Red Sox. Mr. Sale was 0-2 with an 8.38 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched. Allowing 9 earned runs and 4 home runs, I think it’s fair to say he wasn’t too sharp. And that is the Red Sox ace.
Sure, Sale was throwing 99-100 mph fastballs against the Rangers but will he have the bullets in that arm in October? Manager Alex Cora sure as hell has been trying to keep Sale’s innings down this season. Sale has only had two starts over 8 innings in 20 games started. His two highest pitches thrown per game have been 116 and 112.
After Sale, follows David Price, Rick Porcello, Eduardo Rodriguez for the Red Sox top starters. Porcello and Rodriguez have pitched well but David Price has been atrocious. Especially at 30 million dollars in 2018. A million dollars may not mean as much these days but at 30 million racks- Price isn’t worried about having coffee money for the morning.
All Red Sox fans should know that no current starter has a victory in that same role in the postseason. The trade deadline is July 31st and the farm system is pretty barren. That is always the route of President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski– tear down the farm system for proven talent. His definition of proven talent doesn’t always come to fruition though. See: Travis Shaw for Tyler Thornburg.
With other needs, the Red Sox are in a tough spot at the trade deadline. The first priority is a bullpen arm. We need a reliable 8th inning man. I would also include another bat of importance. Unless, Cora decides to play Steve Pearce more often.
Currently the Red Sox do not have the roster to win a playoff round. The Astros, Yankees, and Indians are teams that I trust more. J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts are a great combination at the plate but all of those other teams have more stacked lineups than us. The Astros have the best starting pitching which is why I believe they will come out of the American League in 2018.