Chris Sale has struggled mightily so far this season and it seems like the Boston Red Sox may have made a mistake committing to the lanky lefty.
This isn’t what we were expecting. The Boston Red Sox were supposed to be dominant and once again at the top of the AL East. As of right now they will be lucky to reach the postseason.
The Red Sox are at the bottom of the American League. This season has been a nightmare so far.
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One of the main guys who has struggled is Chris Sale. The ace has looked awful in his three outings this year.
The lefty seems to be a shell of himself. It’s like his skill was sucked out of him like in Space Jam.
So far this season, Sale is 0-3 with an abysmal 9.00 ERA. The worst thing is that Sale isn’t throwing hard and isn’t lasting long. His velocity has taken a significant drop and he can barely last in games. This is putting a lot of pressure on the bullpen to try and keep the Sox in games.
One of the things that has made Chris Sale such a dangerous pitcher is his delivery. I would hate to be a lefty going up against Sale.
But the motion could be to the star’s detriment. That type of throwing motion can’t be good for your arm. This significant drop in velocity shouldn’t be that much of a surprise.
I’m not the only one to think this. 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Fred Toettcher has believed that Sale’s throwing motion will cause him to get hurt.
If Sale keeps pitching like he has so far this season his extension will be one of the worst deals the team has made. It can’t get much worse for Sale.
You also have to worry about him getting injured. If he goes 0-4 or 0-5 the pressure will be on. Sale may injure himself trying to get his velocity to a more desirable speed. Then the already desolate Boston Red Sox starting rotation will be in dire need of help.
So I hope that Sale figures it out. I hope he is the ace that we know and love, but I’m not holding my breath. We may have seen the best of Chris Sale.
If that is true the Boston Red Sox may have made a mistake locking up Sale. He will be under contract until he is 37 years old. If this is what Sale looks like at 30 I don’t even want to imagine what he will look like by the end of his contract.