Alright I admit it, I dig Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale as much as I dig Matt Harvey – well almost! It’s a close call between the two. It’s a good thing that they are in different leagues so I can predict Chris Sale as the AL Cy Young Award and Matt Harvey to beat out Clayton Kershaw for the National League Cy Young.
So you can imagine that I was quite excited that Chris Sale was back in action Sunday after having fractured his right foot early in spring training, Without Sale the White Sox were 0-4. They could have been 0-5 but Jeff Samardzija managed to get the win on Saturday.
With Sale back the club has a new found confidence and a better record now sitting at 2-4 and going into a road trip that will take them through Cleveland and then Detroit, who as of now is undefeated at 6-0.
They needed the confidence that Sale brings to the team and they needed the win on Sunday. Sale pitched six solid innings allowing just five hits, one run, one walk and striking out eight batters, leaving his ERA at a lovely 1.50.
I think it’s safe to say that my favorite southpaw is back in business and healthy again. He’s always dominate yet never makes a huge splash. He works quietly and efficiently and gets the job done.
While he’s greaty appreciated by the fans on the south side of Chicago, he never seems to be the subject of all the fanfare of say Matt Harvey or fellow left-hander Clayton Kershaw but I believe he’s just as good.
The Twins scored just one more run Sunday off of Zach Duke in the eighth inning. Meanwhile the White Sox offense was active against Minnesota starter Phil Hughes. Hughes allowed eight hits and three earned runs in six innings of work.
The White Sox other three runs in their 6-2 victory over the Twins came off of Blaine Boyer who came in to work with one out in the eigth but was unable to get an out. He allowed three runs on four hits and was replaced by Brian Duensing who closed out the inning without incident.
The White Sox David Robertson got the save as the White Sox had new life breathed into them with the return of Sale.