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Chris Sale Returns To Chicago To Face Jose Quintana: Game 2 Preview

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Chris Sale Returns To Chicago To Face Jose Quintana

Former Chicago White Sox ace, Chris Sale, returns to the South side for a showdown against former teammate Jose Quintana. Chris Sale was traded to the Red Sox this past off-season for 4 prospects, which included Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech.

The Pitching Matchup

Sale has had an excellent start to the season, posting a 5-2 record with a 2.34 ERA. Sale also tied the record for games in a row with 10+ strikeouts…again. Over his 10 games he pitched 73 innings with 101 strikeouts.

While Sale has hit the ground running this season Quintana has not hit his stride.  The White Sox ace has definitely not pitched as well as he can. His record stands at 2-6 with a 4.82 ERA through 61.2 innings and only 60 strikeouts. It is worth noting that Jose Quintana has also started 10 games.

His recent struggles are also more frustrating to fans, but most likely to himself as well. Quintana has shown that he can be an ace, He has pitched 2 games, in which he went 7 or more innings and received a no decision due to lack of run support. One of those games was a one hitter against the Seattle Mariners. He has shown flashes of his ace potential, but it is just that, flashes.

If Quintana wins the matchup against Sale in dominant fashion, it may give him the confidence needed to break out of the rut he has been stuck in. If Sale wins this will just add to his already impressive start to the season.

The Wrap Up

The White Sox offense has been pretty balanced this season. The team batting average is .251, which comes in 14th in major league baseball. While their 58 home runs puts them at 18th in the league. The Red Sox are definitely hitting the ball well this season, with a .268 AVG that puts them at 3rd best in baseball. However, Boston is lacking the power numbers. Their 42 homers puts them tied for last place.

Sale vs Quintana should be an interesting match up, The White Sox improved their record against left handed starting pitchers to 12-5 after winning game 1 5-4.  Will Chris Sale be able to stop the Sox hot streak? Or will Quintana get back in the win column and show the White Sox he is truly an ace.

Game 2 of the 3 game set starts Tuesday night at 7:10 CT/8:10 ET.

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