You could say that Chris Sale has fit in quite nicely in Boston. In his first month with the Red Sox, Sale is making out well with his new team. Playing on a bad team in Chicago, his efforts largely went to waste, other than personal awards and recognition.
The grander stage in Boston, and more pressure on his back hasn’t seemed to impact him at all. If you recall, David Price had a heck of a time trying to get on track in his first season in Boston. He never really did get things going until a few months after April in 2016. Price is now trying to come back from injury.
Sale never had any jitters in his opening month debut with the Red Sox. He’s been everything they’ve hoped to get out of him thus far. The problem, though, is that others are going to have to start get going. Sale won’t be able to do everything, just like in Chicago with the White Sox, where the guys around him didn’t do much to help him out.
The Boston offense has taken a sudden halt, coinciding with what many would believe is the departure of David Ortiz. For much of Sale’s career with the White Sox, they struggled to score runs. Thus far it’s been the same circumstance in Boston.
Oritz truly was the identity of this offense for countless years. It almost feels weird that he isn’t there anymore. He was coming off quite the year production wise, so it’s made his loss sting just a little more. The Red Sox suffered a 5-2 loss to the Orioles yesterday to send them to 13-12 on the season.
The ultra-talented Chris Sale will take on a rather unknown commodity on Tuesday, Alec Asher. Asher has passed the eye-test in the short time he’s been pitching at the major league level. He pitches in one of the cathedrals of baseball at Fenway Park. What a moment it would be if he could knock off Sale. If there has been any time to stifle a Red Sox offense in the last decade, it would be now. Get our free Orioles vs. Red Sox pick below.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Alec Asher (1-0, 2.16 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (1-2, 1.19 ERA)
Asher briefly got some starting time a year ago. He got five starts and made the most of his opportunity. He finished with a 2.28 ERA, including no more than 3 runs being scored on him. Asher has one start this season, and two other appearances out of the bullpen.
In his lone start, he was strong against the Toronto Blue Jays, as he surrendered just 1 run and 3 hits across 6.1 innings of work. His other work on the resume in 2017, includes a 1 inning appearance against the Red Sox, where he got through the inning 1-2-3. Asher and Bundy do have the potential to make a formidable combo in the Orioles rotation in the near future.
Sale’s resume speaks for himself. There probably isn’t anything you don’t know that everybody else knows about this guy. He’s been a prolific hurler on the mound in 2017. He’s been allowing no room for hitters, as he’s posted an ERA of 1.19 on the year, including an impressive 0.77 WHIP. In his only start against the O’s last season, Sale allowed just 1 run on 1 hit. The total in this matchup is just a little too high for my blood. This one should fall comfortably UNDER the posted total of 9. The pick here is on the UNDER.
PICK: UNDER 9 (-120)