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May 17, 2012

Blair Walters struck out 9, walked 0 in 7 innings (May 17)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2012 11:30 pm
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Lexington @ Kannapolis:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Blair Walters (W, 2-2) 7.0 1 0 0 0 9 0 2.84
Bryan Blough 2.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4.41

WP: Walters.
HBP: Duffy (by Walters).
Groundouts-flyouts: Walters 6-6, Blough 4-1.
Batters faced: Walters 23, Blough 7.

Walters, who has a 47 K / 11 BB ratio in 44.1 innings (8 games):

“By far this was the best outing I’ve had in my pro career,” said Walters.

“It almost felt like it was easy today, I just felt good. I was locating pitches when I needed to, definitely got in that rhythm and felt better than I had in any other starts.”

“Last time I went six and felt confident out there,” said Walters. “I was building off that, seeing what I can do with myself and trust myself.”

“I used my changeup a lot,” he said. “I was able to establish the fastball inside and locate that pretty well on both corners and go from there, so I could throw the changeup and get groundouts, swings-and-misses.”

“It definitely was nice [to pitch that deep into a game],” he said. “It was one of those nights you wish you could go all nine, but it felt good to go seven and help the team to a victory. The defense was good and the offense was there tonight. I was feeling good.”

Chris Sale averaged 92.2 mph on his two-seamer today (May 17)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2012 9:00 pm
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Sox @ Angels

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 4-2) 5.1 5 1 1 1 7 1 2.91
Jones, N(H, 1) 1.2 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.45
Thornton 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.02
Crain 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.00
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 3 10 1 3.89

Pitches-strikes: Sale 103-68, Jones, N 25-13, Thornton 14-9, Crain 19-10.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 2-2, Jones, N 0-2, Thornton 3-0, Crain 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 22, Jones, N 6, Thornton 4, Crain 4
Inherited runners-scored: Jones, N 1-0.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 88.10 88.2 12.92 4.70 3 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.2565
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.00 95.5 7.60 7.98 3 1 / 33.33% 0 / 0.00% 1 / 33.33% 0.1034
CH (Changeup) 83.79 87 12.86 3.67 12 8 / 66.67% 2 / 16.67% 5 / 55.56% -0.7674
SL (Slider) 80.25 81.6 -4.35 -3.13 12 6 / 50.00% 1 / 8.33% 5 / 45.45% 0.6902
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.18 95.2 11.12 6.67 72 53 / 73.61% 10 / 13.89% 43 / 69.35% -0.7451
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 16 10 62.50 16 -0.834
2 22 13 59.09 38 -0.350
3 13 11 84.62 51 -0.877
4 12 10 83.33 63 -0.364
5 27 17 62.96 90 -0.034
6 12 7 58.33 102 1.996

In his first 6 starts Sale averaged 91.72, 92.35, 91.60, 93.44, 94.35, 94.26 (last to first start) mph on his two-seamer. So, today his velocity was up from his previous start.  Sale, also, threw 12 sliders tonight. In his first 6 starts: 19, 23, 28, 49, 18, 31 (last to first start). The bullpen experiment happened after the 5th start.

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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Simon Castro struck out 8, walked 1 in 6 innings (May 16)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 17, 2012 12:00 am
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Montgomery @ Birmingham:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Simon Castro 6.0 8 5 4 1 8 0 3.88
Ryan Kussmaul 3.0 1 0 0 2 3 0 0.90
Leroy Hunt (L, 0-1) 1.0 4 3 3 1 0 0 10.13

Pitches-strikes: Castro, S 102-66, Kussmaul 41-26, Hunt 35-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Castro, S 9-1, Kussmaul 3-2, Hunt 3-0.
Batters faced: Castro, S 28, Kussmaul 12, Hunt 8.

Castro has a 36 K / 10 BB ratio in 45.0 innings (7 games).

May 16, 2012

Jon Bachanov struck out 9, walked 1 in 6 innings (May 15)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 16, 2012 12:00 am
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Myrtle-Beach @ Winston-Salem:

Winston-Salem Dash
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jon Bachanov (W, 4-0) 6.0 2 0 0 1 9 0 3.24
Chris Bassitt 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.69

Groundouts-flyouts: Bachanov 6-2, Bassitt 1-1.
Batters faced: Bachanov 20, Bassitt 3.

I hadn’t notice but Jon Bachanov has a very nice 26 K / 8 BB ratio in 25.0 innings (10 games/2 starts).

May 15, 2012

Jose Quintana struck out 8, walked 2 in 7 innings (May 15)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 15, 2012 11:50 pm
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Birmingham @ Pensacola:

Birmingham Barons
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jose Quintana 7.0 2 0 0 2 8 0 2.51
Henry Mabee (L, 3-1) 1.0 2 2 2 0 2 1 0.81

WP: Mabee.
HBP: Fleury (by Mabee).
Pitches-strikes: Quintana 91-56, Mabee 19-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Quintana 4-2, Mabee 0-1.
Batters faced: Quintana 23, Mabee 6.

Quintana has a 34 K / 13 BB ratio in 43.0 innings (8 games). And it seems Mabee allowed his first run(s) of the season tonight.

May 14, 2012

Chris Sale is trying to develop a cutter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 14, 2012 8:00 pm
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From his CTL interview:

Q: Hey Chris Redman so from the Tribune. Don Cooper gets a lot of credit. Four. Resurrecting some careers and developing young guys like Q — what — specifically are some of the things that that he emphasizes. With you and and another — young pitchers.

A: I mean the biggest part for me is is that the mentality of it you know he he stresses the mentality of pitching. You know also working with me — just different things you know get — letter back to where it needs to be. I’m trying to develop — fourth pitch that and cutter. You know he’s been all fastball command has just order. You know you gotta you gotta love the off your fastball on me that that really sets the tone for your game and — good fastball command and you know good feel for your secondary pitches you can. You know go out there and pretty much compete with anybody. And good job of loved having him as a as a pitching coach and you know I’m I’m I’m very excited with the time I’ve had with them in — in the time that you know what happened with.

Tip of the hat to James for the link. Check out his post.

May 12, 2012

Chris Sale averaged 91.7 mph on his two-seamer tonight (May 12)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2012 11:00 pm
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Royals @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(L, 3-2) 5.0 7 3 3 2 3 0 3.08
Jones, N 2.1 1 0 0 0 4 0 1.26
Ohman 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 5.40
Stewart 1.1 3 1 1 0 0 0 2.89
Totals 9.0 12 5 5 2 7 0 3.50

Balk: Ohman.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 103-66, Jones, N 29-21, Ohman 9-6, Stewart 22-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-4, Jones, N 3-0, Ohman 1-0, Stewart 3-1.
Batters faced: Sale 24, Jones, N 8, Ohman 2, Stewart 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Stewart 1-1.

Pitch F/X for Chris Sale:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FA (Fastball) 88.43 89.1 10.27 0.75 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% -0.5037
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.10 94.6 7.58 3.98 5 4 / 80.00% 1 / 20.00% 3 / 75.00% 0.3357
CH (Changeup) 84.34 87.5 11.60 -0.13 10 7 / 70.00% 3 / 30.00% 6 / 66.67% -0.7669
SL (Slider) 78.17 82 -5.23 -6.04 19 12 / 63.16% 0 / 0.00% 8 / 53.33% -0.0868
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.72 95.4 9.99 2.83 66 41 / 62.12% 2 / 3.03% 30 / 54.55% 1.2610
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 42 23 54.76 42 1.791
2 17 12 70.59 59 -0.848
3 12 7 58.33 71 -0.834
4 18 13 72.22 89 0.480
5 14 11 78.57 103 -0.350

Sale couldn’t find the plate and threw only 2 of his first 11 pitches for strikes. He threw 23 of the 46 pitches in the first inning  for strikes. After the first inning things were much better but the offense decided to take the night off.

In his first 5 starts Sale averaged 92.35, 91.60, 93.44, 94.35, 94.26 (last to first start) mph on his two-seamer. So, today velocity was down. The game started 1 hour later than scheduled due to a rain-delay, and the air was pretty dump. Sale, also, threw 19 sliders tonight. Number of sliders in his first 5 starts: 23, 28, 49, 18, 31 (last to first start).

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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Gordon Beckham’s swing returns to its roots

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2012 3:30 am
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto is satisfied with one of the most analyzed and scrutinized swings in Chicago — Gordon Beckham’s.General manager Ken Williams drew more attention to it last season, saying he longed for Beckham’s college and (successful) rookie swing.“He’s gotten that back to where he was in the minor leagues and when he first got here,’’ Manto said Monday. “That’s what the project has been, to get him to where he was.’’… “I feel like I’m doing what I thought I would do,’’ said Beckham, whose average was up to .217 after a 3-for-27 start.

“Where he was, I don’t think he could have sustained a major-league season, 600 plate appearances,’’ Manto said. “The bat path was a little off, and his shoulders were steep. Right now he’s square, head with the shoulders. He has way better balance, and he’s way more aggressive. In the position he is now, being taller, and the bat path a little better, he can sustain. I’m not saying he can hit .300 or .280, but he’s able to make adjustments throughout a season.’’

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Less sliders for Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 12, 2012 3:00 am
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Bruce Levine:

Sale will start Saturday night against Kansas City, but don’t look for his signature slider to be his dominant pitch. Part of the rehab for the pitcher will focus on throwing more fastballs and changeups. Those two pitches do not put any added strain on the elbow because they are thrown overhand with no added torque on the arm.

“I don’t think it is any different than it is for anyone else,” Sale said. “If you go out there and throw a lot of sliders it’s going to be harder on your elbow. We will have to back off that a little bit, but not for one second will I stop using it.”

May 11, 2012

Terry Doyle struck out 10, walked 2 in 5 innings (May 11)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2012 11:30 pm
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Buffalo @ Charlotte:

Charlotte Knights
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Jesse Crain 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Terry Doyle 5.1 4 1 1 2 10 0 3.86
Leyson Septimo 1.2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Gregory Infante (W, 2-0) 2.0 4 1 1 0 1 0 4.50

HBP: Scales (by Crain).
Pitches-strikes: Crain 21-14, Doyle 104-65, Septimo 28-19, Infante 30-17.
Groundouts-flyouts: Crain 0-0, Doyle 3-0, Septimo 1-0, Infante 1-1.
Batters faced: Crain 4, Doyle 20, Septimo 5, Infante 9.

Doyle has a 42 K / 11 BB ratio in 39.2 innings (7 games).

BTW, look who who pitched in the end for Buffalo: our old pal Jack Egbert! Egbert turns 29 tomorrow. Happy Birthday Jack!

Gavin Floyd & Company shut down the Royals

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2012 10:31 pm
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KC @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Floyd(W, 3-3) 7.2 5 0 0 2 5 0 2.53
Thornton(H, 5) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.05
Santiago, H 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.25
Totals 9.0 5 0 0 2 7 0 3.46

Pitches-strikes: Floyd 116-71, Thornton 4-3, Santiago, H 12-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Floyd 6-6, Thornton 0-0, Santiago, H 1-1.
Batters faced: Floyd 30, Thornton 1, Santiago, H 3.

Pitch F/X for Gavin Floyd:

Pitch Statistics
Pitch Type Avg Speed Max Speed Avg H-Break Avg V-Break Count Strikes / % Whiffs / % SNIPs / % Linear Weights
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 90.49 92.9 -4.71 6.63 54 32 / 59.26% 2 / 3.70% 24 / 52.17% -2.2936
CH (Changeup) 82.63 82.9 -9.06 3.03 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.0880
CU (Curveball) 79.51 82 6.12 -5.79 12 3 / 25.00% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 18.18% 0.7683
FC (Cutter) 85.16 89.8 -0.79 2.29 47 34 / 72.34% 5 / 10.64% 20 / 60.61% -1.7269
Pitch classifications provided by the Gameday Algorithm.
SNIPs are “Strikes Not In Play” and do not include any balls in play.
Inning-by-Inning Pitch Totals
Inning Pitches in Inning Strikes in Inning Strike% in Inning Cumulative Total Pitches Pitch LWTS in Inning
1 11 6 54.55 11 -0.848
2 20 11 55.00 31 0.296
3 12 8 66.67 43 -0.848
4 13 8 61.54 56 -0.862
5 12 7 58.33 68 -0.834
6 11 7 63.64 79 -0.335
7 10 7 70.00 89 -0.834
8 27 17 62.96 116 0.925

More Pitch F/X readings inside.

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On the rotation again

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 11, 2012 10:00 pm
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whitesox.com:

Chris Sale‘s return to relief pitching turned out to be short-lived indeed. The White Sox announced on Friday that Sale will return to the starting rotation and will take the mound on Saturday against the Royals. Sale will replace left-hander Eric Stults, who was originally scheduled to start Saturday’s middle game. “He’s back in [the rotation],” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Friday’s series opener.

… As it turns out, Sale was able to talk his way back into the rotation. “Let’s just say I really, really thought I could do this,” Sale said. “This is something that’s been a dream of mine and a passion of mine for very long, and at the end of the day, I felt that I could do this and felt poorly that I set a goal to do this and fell drastically short. I felt like I was letting my teammates down and felt like I was depending on other people to pick up my slack.”

… When the club returned to Chicago on Thursday, Sale underwent an MRI, which the left-hander said was identical to the MRI he underwent after being selected in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. “MRI is clean and pristine,” White Sox general manager Ken Williams said. “He’s going to pitch.”

Williams said the club prides itself on protecting its young pitchers and will continue to monitor Sale closely now that his one-week hiatus from the bullpen is over. “We are very conservative in our approach with regards to the care of particularly our pitchers,” Williams said. “I think our history, when you look at all the injury reports over the last dozen years, will show you that. “The course of action that we’ve taken with [Sale] has not been unlike the course of action we’ve taken with many of our Minor League guys in such situations.”

So what changed since last week? “The only thing that changed was that when the expression of general soreness turns into ‘I feel pain in my elbow’ and ‘I feel discomfort in my elbow,'” Williams said. “It’s beyond the general soreness that we’ve come to expect.” Williams said the 23-year-old Sale was unyielding in his desire to pitch out of the rotation when they spoke on the phone during the White Sox recent road trip.

“I’m really proud of him, because he stood up for himself,” Williams said. “The reason why this changed is that when Robin Ventura said he was going to the bullpen, that was a course of action. That was the game plan based on what [Sale] had communicated to our medical staff. “What changed is Chris Sale’s phone call to me, saying, ‘No, it’s not exactly described as pain. It’s more general soreness. It’s something that I’ve had and I can get through this. And he was adamant about it. He was adamant to the point where he almost crossed the line. And I like that.” …

What a relief! Seems the coaching staff heard ‘pain in the elbow’ and blacked out. Why they didn’t skip his start and have him undergo an MRI immediately I don’t understand.

Sale gets brownie points too:

“I truly felt this was something I could do,” Sale said of starting, and he made that clear to Williams in a phone call the day he worked out of the bullpen.

“He wants it badly, and I love that about him,” said Williams, whose conversation with Sale brought about the latest change. “I’m really proud because he stood up for himself. When Robin Ventura said he was going to the bullpen, what changed was a Chris Sale phone call to me.”

Sale insisted that what initially was thought to be “pain” in his elbow — Williams called it “a red flag” to the team — was more “general soreness.” Sale told Williams, “I can get through this.”

“He was adamant. He almost crossed the line,” Williams said. “But the forcefulness he had told us something. It told us he has something extra mentally.”

Also,

And the closer now according to Robin Ventura is “Whoever ends up in the ninth inning”.

BTW, here’s James’ take.

PS. Title is Willie. Contemplated Mick too.

May 10, 2012

Myles Jaye struck out 6, walked 1 tonight (May 10)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 10, 2012 11:30 pm
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Kannapolis @ Delmarva:

Kannapolis Intimidators
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Myles Jaye 5.0 6 3 3 1 6 1 3.60
Jefferson Olacio (L, 1-1) 1.0 4 4 1 1 1 0 2.00
Stew Brase 2.0 2 0 0 2 3 0 5.94

Groundouts-flyouts: Jaye 6-2, Olacio 1-0, Brase 1-0.
Batters faced: Jaye 22, Olacio 8, Brase 9.

Jaye has a 13 K / 1 BB ratio in 10.0 innings (2 games).

May 9, 2012

Chris Sale to get MRI on his elbow [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2012 2:00 pm
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UPDATE: Scott Merkin says Chris Sale will have an MRI on his elbow tomorrow when the Sox return to Chicago:

[Chris] Sale will have an MRI on his elbow Thursday afternoon when he returns to Chicago.

After the results are read from a move that is considered purely precautionary at this point, a decision will be made as to where Sale fits on the pitching staff. Sale still was in the bullpen for Wednesday, but probably not available for the series finale against the Indians, and manager Robin Ventura indicated the bullpen is where he presently envisions Sale staying put.

“That’s something we’ll go over when we get back home,” Ventura said. “This all happened pretty fast. Getting everybody in the room and expressing it face to face is probably the best thing to do. That’s when you get the most information and make the right decision.

“We’ll see when we get everybody in the room. Personally, I’m probably not making that decision. [Sale’s return to the rotation] could happen. I’m not saying it can’t but I would be surprised if it did.”

… During this down time, Sale came to Cooper and told him that his tender elbow felt great. So, Cooper wanted to revisit starting.

“Nothing is out of the possibility,” Cooper said. “He missed a start, we gave him time and we quieted down the elbow that was barking a little bit. We backed off and took care of that situation. Now he’s back to pitching.”

“It’s not for me to make the call on,” said an upbeat Sale, when asked about the relieving/starting conundrum. “Those guys obviously, they run the team and they know what they’re doing with the team and if they have a decision, it’s not like I can say, ‘No.’ I’ve obviously talked with them and it’s one of those things that you go with what’s said and grind it out another day.”

… “Everything is swirling around him having pictures taken tomorrow,” Ventura said. “He’s not hurt. It’s more monitoring what’s going on and seeing where it’s at. It’s kind of precautionary stuff that happens all the time.”

“Chris Sale is going to be pitching in prime-time spots, whether it’s closing, eighth-inning big moments or if we decided, you know what, he’s good enough right now and we are going to send him back out starting,” Cooper said. “I don’t think anything is out of the question, but no matter what he’s doing, we are going to be watching him and taking care of him.”

Initial post:
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Chris Sale wants back in

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 9, 2012 3:00 am
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Daryl Van Schouwen:

Left-hander Chris Sale’s move from the starting rotation to the bullpen may only be temporary, he and pitching coach Don Cooper said Tuesday.

Sale, who was named the White Sox’ closer Friday because he had been experiencing discomfort in his left elbow — raising concerns about the rigors of starting on his arm — still wants badly to start.

And he might get another shot this season, even though manager Robin Ventura had said his move to the bullpen would be for the rest of the season.

“Never say never,’’ Cooper told the Sun-Times when asked if Sale’s move to the pen is permanent this season. “For this moment, right now, he’s in the bullpen.’’ …

… Sale said his arm feels great and that the subject of starting again is on the burner.

“No, absolutely not,’’ Sale said when asked if he had ruled out starting this season. “Starting is something I hope I can get back into. We’ve been kind of talking back and forth. There’s a possibility of it. Not ruling it out is the best way to say it.’’

It was thought that Cooper and former manager Ozzie Guillen were against making Sale a starter when plans for this season were discussed last year. Cooper said that wasn’t true in his case.

“No, no, I was never adamantly against it,’’ Cooper said. “All I knew is we had one of the best lefty relievers right there. And like I said from the beginning, as an organization, we decided to do this undertaking. And I was all in. I was looking forward to getting him over the hump and making him a starter, and we were proceeding accordingly. I want what my guys want. He wants to start. I want him to start.’’

As of now, Sale is being “held back,’’ Cooper said. “We’re going to continue to watch it. Who knows what we may do? Right now, we just kind of backed off him a little bit. In effect, we’ve missed a start. He’s feeling great right now.’’ …

… Cooper dismissed the notion that Sale’s mechanics aren’t suited for the rigors of starting.

“No, no, no, there were no concerns about that,’’ Cooper said.

“If you don’t have a good delivery, you can’t throw strikes. And Chris Sale is a strike-throwing machine. He has a good delivery.’’ …

So, the situation is the opposite of this:

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