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Wasted Years for Chris Sale

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Wasted Years for Chris Sale

It seems just about every year since Chris Sale broke into the league he has been in the Cy Young race conversation. This year is no different. He led the American League in innings, fifth in wins, second in Era, fourth in strikeouts, and first in WHIP this season. Every fifth day, he steps on the mound and gives a 110 percent. The Chicago White Sox organization could step up and do the same for him and those who have put in the work this season. They are wasting away his prime one season at a time.

Chris Sale at one point this season was 14-2 and looked to be among the win leaders in all of MLB but he cannot catch a break since the All Star break. It’s not that he hasn’t pitched well, it’s he’s not getting enough run support from his team. In the 10 games he’s started since the break, the Sox are averaging 2.8 runs per game.

Sale has gone 1-5 (White Sox 2-8 in those games) since the All Star Break while averaging 6 1/3 innings, 1.9 runs, 1.7 walks, and 8.2 strikeouts. a notable game was his first start after the break against the Seattle Mariners where he went eight scoreless innings giving one hit. He ended up being pulled and the bullpen blew the lead for the Mariners to come up with the 4-3 win.

On Sunday, Chris Sale pitched a masterpiece. He went eight innings giving up two runs and striking out a whopping twelve KC batters. One of those being his 200th of the season. That gives him 200+ strikeout for his fourth consecutive season which has never been done by a White Sox pitcher.

Chris Sale is arguably the best pitcher the Chicago White Sox have ever had and fans want to see him hold that World Series trophy as a member of the White Sox. This wont happen if we continue this losing trend that they have been in since his career started.

The White Sox are 69-74 and 4th in the AL Central division. They will miss the postseason for the eighth straight year and unless they make some changes it could be more to come.

To the White Sox Front Office, It is time to step up and have a plan. If they are to contend, they must put some money out. If it is to rebuild, the White Sox have plenty to sell that could get several pieces and cash in return to hopefully bounce back and do what the guys on the North side are doing.