Chris Sale Makes First Comments After Braves Debut

The former Red Sox pitcher is off to an encouraging start in Atlanta.
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After spending the past six seasons in Boston and having the best years of his career, contributing to a World Series win in 2018, Chris Sale is now with the Atlanta Braves.

After being traded in exchange for Vaughn Grissom in the offseason, the 35-year-old officially kicked off his Braves career with a start on Sunday against the Phillies.

Chris Sale Makes Braves Debut On Sunday

Sale pitched 5 1/3 innings for Atlanta, surrendered two earned runs off five hits, and finished with seven strikeouts. The Braves ended up losing 5-4, but it was an encouraging performance from the former Cy Young finalist.

"As a whole, it was a good game. Like I said, it was a dogfight. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and it just happened to be we were on the bottom side of it today. I like to see that fight throughout the game. What more can you ask for?"

Chris Sale after his Braves debut

Seeing Sale potentially have another solid and healthy run at the dawn of his career would be nice. The last few years have been difficult for the southpaw who has been dealing with constant injuries. Since 2019, Sale has only pitched in 146 innings, making him rather difficult to rely on as a starting pitcher at this stage of his career.

The Braves, chasing their second World Series win in four years, are hoping that their risky investment pays off in the fall.

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