Chris Sale Becomes First Pitcher to Reach 7 Wins This Season
Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has picked up right where he left off last year. With his recent victory over the Twins, Chris Sale becomes first pitcher to reach 7 wins this season. Sale struck out 9 and gave up just three hits across seven stellar innings. His 7-0 start is just the fifth for the franchise since 1913.
With a perfect 7-0 record, 1.79 ERA, .77 WHIP and just under a strikeout per inning average, he is the early favorite for the AL Cy Young award. Along with crosstown Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, he is separating himself a bit from the rest of Major League Baseball’s pitching elite.
Sale’s hot start is the primary reason for the White Sox AL Central division leading 22-10 record. As it stands, both teams from Chicago are the only teams in baseball with at least 20 wins. Speaking of the Cubs, Arrieta is just behind Sale with a 6-0 record and an even better ERA. The reigning NL Cy Young winner firmly established himself as one of baseball’s best arms last season and it appears this year is Sale’s turn.
It’s doubtful he can maintain his incredible pace, but he has gotten off to just the type of start to put himself in position to reach 20 or more wins. 20 wins is the benchmark that constitutes a special season by an ace and would certainly boost the chances for Sale if he were to reach it. That number is the average number of wins of the past five AL Cy Young winners so the two seem to go hand in hand.
At age 27, he is just entering his prime so there’s no doubt this will not be the first time his name is brought up in the award conversation. With the team on the rise, perhaps the White Sox will see the postseason success that the city has not enjoyed in quite some time.