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July 3, 2012

Chris Sale cuts down on the strikeouts; throws less pitches

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 3, 2012 11:00 pm
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Rangers @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 10-2) 7.1 5 1 1 1 4 0 2.19
Omogrosso 1.2 4 1 1 0 1 0 5.40
Totals 9.0 9 2 2 1 5 0 3.93

WP: Sale.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 95-64, Omogrosso 37-27.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 11-3, Omogrosso 2-2.
Batters faced: Sale 26, Omogrosso 9.
Inherited runners-scored: Omogrosso 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) 88.31 89 11.14 -2.79 8 4 / 50.00% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 33.33% -0.9707
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.34 95 7.73 1.96 5 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.1998
CH (Changeup) 83.85 87.3 12.33 -2.21 21 13 / 61.90% 3 / 14.29% 10 / 55.56% -0.2522
SL (Slider) 78.88 83.7 -2.84 -7.83 17 12 / 70.59% 3 / 17.65% 9 / 64.29% 0.5263
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.28 96.3 10.47 0.71 44 35 / 79.55% 4 / 9.09% 22 / 70.97% -3.3174
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 17 10 58.82 17 -0.532
2 14 8 57.14 31 -0.834
3 9 7 77.78 40 -0.848
4 11 8 72.73 51 -0.350
5 11 8 72.73 62 -0.575
6 21 16 76.19 83 -0.335
7 6 5 83.33 89 -0.561
8 6 2 33.33 95 0.220

Sale got 11 GroundOuts and 3 FlyOuts tonight.

Here’s how Sale’s start compares with his previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
GO/FO H/HR K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 9/3 3/0 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 7/2 5/1 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 4/2 7/1 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 4/5 6/0 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 9/5 3/0 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 2/1 1/0 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 7/4 7/0 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 2/2 5/1 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 11/0 2/0 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 4/2 3/0 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 7/9 5/1 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/6 4/0 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/3 7/0 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 6/5 4/0 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 5/5 6/1 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91
15 (7/3) 7.1 95-64 11/3 5/0 4/1 10 44-35-4 92.28 5-0-0 94.34 17-12-3 78.88 21-13-3 83.85

RL=Relief

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June 28, 2012

Chris Sale goes 7

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 28, 2012 11:00 pm
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Sox @ Twins:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 9-2) 7.0 6 2 2 1 5 1 2.27
Ohman 2.0 2 3 3 1 1 1 6.41
Totals 9.0 8 5 5 2 6 2 3.90

Pitches-strikes: Sale 93-64, Ohman 46-24.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 5-5, Ohman 3-1.
Batters faced: Sale 25, Ohman 11.

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) 88.03 88.3 14.61 2.81 3 3 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 1 / 100.00% -0.3849
CH (Changeup) 83.91 87.8 13.24 3.41 22 15 / 68.18% 4 / 18.18% 12 / 63.16% -0.1267
SL (Slider) 79.02 82.3 -0.25 -1.03 28 18 / 64.29% 6 / 21.43% 10 / 50.00% 0.3726
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.75 94 11.71 5.60 40 28 / 70.00% 2 / 5.00% 22 / 64.71% -0.2029
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 8 7 87.50 8 -0.848
2 11 9 81.82 19 -0.848
3 21 12 57.14 40 0.589
4 13 9 69.23 53 -0.335
5 15 10 66.67 68 0.869
6 13 10 76.92 81 0.288
7 12 7 58.33 93 -0.057

Sale got 6 whiffs on his slider and 4 whiffs on his changeup.

Here’s how yesterday’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98
14 (6/27) 7.0 93-64 5/1 12 40-28-2 91.75 - - 28-18-6 79.02 22-15-4 83.91

RL=Relief

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June 23, 2012

Chris Sale pitches 8 scoreless innings

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 23, 2012 11:00 pm
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Brewers @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 8.0 4 0 0 1 7 0 2.24
Reed 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.18
Crain(L, 1-1) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.45
Totals 10.0 6 1 1 1 9 0 3.96

WP: Sale, Crain.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 109-70, Reed 11-8, Crain 21-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 6-5, Reed 1-0, Crain 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Reed 3, Crain 5.

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) 88.30 88.7 10.98 2.53 6 4 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 50.00% 0.5400
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 94.13 95 7.58 5.15 8 5 / 62.50% 2 / 25.00% 5 / 62.50% -0.2879
CH (Changeup) 83.98 87.9 11.54 2.38 17 11 / 64.71% 5 / 29.41% 10 / 62.50% -0.3833
SL (Slider) 79.05 82 -5.78 -4.06 22 13 / 59.09% 2 / 9.09% 10 / 52.63% -1.3344
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.84 95.6 9.85 4.66 45 30 / 66.67% 2 / 4.44% 20 / 57.14% -1.4467
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 19 11 57.89 19 -0.240
3 14 8 57.14 33 -0.575
4 15 11 73.33 48 -0.364
5 17 10 58.82 65 -0.047
6 11 10 90.91 76 -0.834
7 10 5 50.00 86 -0.004
8 12 8 66.67 98 -0.848

Sale’s changeup was working fine. He got 5 whiffs on changeups.

Here’s how yesterday’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16
13 (6/22) 8.0 109-70 7/1 11 45-30-2 92.84 8-5-2 94.13 22-13-2 79.05 17-11-5 83.98

RL=Relief

J.J. says Sale had an 80 GameScore.

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June 16, 2012

Chris Sale slows down

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 16, 2012 8:00 pm
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Sox @ Dodgers:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale 5.2 7 5 5 4 6 0 2.46
Crain(BS, 3) 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.29
Jones, N 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.18
Thornton(L, 2-4) 1.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 3.14
Totals 8.0 10 7 7 5 9 0 4.02

WP: Thornton.
Pitches-strikes: Sale 107-70, Crain 11-9, Jones, N 12-7, Thornton 22-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 6-3, Crain 0-0, Jones, N 1-1, Thornton 1-0.
Batters faced: Sale 28, Crain 3, Jones, N 3, Thornton 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Crain 2-2.

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
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 93.47 95.5 7.55 8.71 24 14 / 58.33% 3 / 12.50% 10 / 50.00% -0.5245
CH (Changeup) 83.16 87.6 10.88 6.26 11 8 / 72.73% 2 / 18.18% 5 / 62.50% 0.1722
SL (Slider) 79.73 83.3 -3.67 0.32 30 20 / 66.67% 2 / 6.67% 14 / 58.33% 1.3855
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.89 95 9.70 7.79 42 28 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 23 / 62.16% -0.1855
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 25 12 48.00 25 0.627
2 13 10 76.92 38 -0.105
3 20 11 55.00 58 -0.048
4 10 7 70.00 68 -0.848
5 19 15 78.95 87 -0.350
6 20 15 75.00 107 1.572

Here’s how today’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start
#
Innings
Pitched
Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
4-seam
fastball
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
4-seam
fastball
velocity
(mph)
 
Sliders
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Slider
velocity
(mph)
Changeup
-Strikes-
Swinging
Strikes
Changeup
velocity
(mph)
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 20-15-2 94.26 14-6-0 92.85 31-16-4 80.20 12-7-1 83.81
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 51-36-4 94.35 6-4-1 93.60 18-12-5 81.33 18-8-1 84.36
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 52-32-5 93.44 - - 49-36-12 80.65 8-1-1 85.48
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 53-38-1 91.60 - - 28-18-2 78.68 16-11-1 84.55
5 (5/1) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 28-21-2 92.35 1-0-0 92.20 23-17-2 79.66 17-14-2 84.64
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 15-11-0 94.41 - - 11-3-1 80.48 - -
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 66-41-2 91.72 5-4-1 92.10 19-12-0 78.17 10-7-3 84.34
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 72-53-10 92.18 3-1-0 94.00 12-6-1 80.25 12-8-2 83.79
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 55-34-2 91.68 6-5-1 92.93 19-14-5 79.79 14-9-2 84.54
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 53-35-9 93.23 - - 33-27-10 79.96 20-12-4 84.52
10 (6/3) 9.0 119-81 8/2 11 43-29-2 92.97 11-6-1 92.77 36-28-8 79.07 23-15-0 84.57
11 (6/9) 8.0 101-70 7/0 15 47-31-3 92.52 5-5-1 92.98 16-12-4 78.64 29-18-7 82.89
12 (6/15) 5.2 107-70 6/4 7 42-28-0 91.89 24-14-3 93.47 30-20-2 79.73 11-8-2 83.16

RL=Relief

BTW:

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June 9, 2012

Chris Sale should change his name to Cy Sale

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 9, 2012 8:30 pm
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Astros @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 8-2) 8.0 4 0 0 0 7 0 2.05
Stewart 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 5.06
Totals 9.0 6 1 1 0 9 1 3.94

HBP: Altuve (by Sale).
Pitches-strikes: Sale 101-70, Stewart 24-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-6, Stewart 0-1.
Batters faced: Sale 29, Stewart 5.

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) 88.23 88.6 9.22 3.89 4 4 / 100.00% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 100.00% -0.6786
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.98 94.7 7.40 6.94 5 5 / 100.00% 1 / 20.00% 4 / 100.00% -0.6190
CH (Changeup) 82.89 87.7 11.94 2.46 29 18 / 62.07% 7 / 24.14% 13 / 54.17% -1.1913
SL (Slider) 78.64 79.9 -3.17 -3.13 16 12 / 75.00% 4 / 25.00% 10 / 71.43% -0.0380
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.52 95.2 10.55 5.48 47 31 / 65.96% 3 / 6.38% 20 / 55.56% -1.9041
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 17 13 76.47 17 -0.350
2 10 8 80.00 27 -0.848
3 11 8 72.73 38 -0.834
4 10 9 90.00 48 -0.364
5 15 7 46.67 63 -0.834
6 15 10 66.67 78 0.149
7 11 7 63.64 89 -0.834
8 12 8 66.67 101 -0.517

I remember after Sale’s previous start I was complaining that Ventura/Cooper should’ve taken Sale out after 8 innings since he had thrown 101 pitches. Well, he had 101 pitches after 8 innings today too. Thankfully he was removed after 8 today.

Here’s how today’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start Innings Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
Sliders
-Strikes
2-seam
fastball
Slider
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 31-16 94.26 mph 80.20 mph
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 18-12 94.35 mph 81.23 mph
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 49-36 93.44 mph 80.65 mph
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 28-18 91.60 mph 78.68 mph
5 (5/2) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 23-17 92.35 mph 79.66 mph
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 11-3 94.41 mph 80.48 mph
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 19-12 91.72 mph 78.17 mph
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 12-6 92.18 mph 80.25 mph
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 19-14 91.68 mph 79.79 mph
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 33-27 93.23 mph 79.26 mph
10 (6/3) 9 119-81 8/2 11 36-28 92.97 mph 79.07 mph
11 (6/9) 8 101-70 7/0 15 16-12 92.52 mph 78.64 mpn

RL=Relief

Here’s Zach Stewart too:

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June 8, 2012

Chris Sale is still working on his changeup

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 8, 2012 11:30 pm
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Scott Merkin:

A continuously refined changeup clearly improves Chris Sale’s standing as a starting pitcher, although it’s already a fairly lofty perch for the American League ERA leader and the owner of the third-lowest opponents’ average against entering Saturday’s start.

But the notion that the changeup is a new pitch to Sale is inaccurate. It just was temporarily shelved when he worked in relief during the past two years.

“That was his best pitch when we saw him as an amateur,” said White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann of the changeup for Sale, who was the 13th pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. “His changeup got better each time. It was his second-best pitch.”

“I didn’t even have a slider in college,” said Sale with a laugh. “So that changeup is something we’ve been working on more than any other pitch in my repertoire.”

Sale’s work takes place with pitching coach Don Cooper and bullpen coach Juan Nieves between starts, and he employed that changeup on 23 pitches during his complete-game effort against the Mariners on Sunday. He recorded one out with the changeup, but just one changeup was put in play safely.

A well-located fastball and a sharp-breaking slider are still Sale’s top two pitches. But the 23-year-old understands the importance of the changeup to his overall well-being as a rotation member.

“Having a third pitch is so big now,” said Sale, who still touches 94 or 95 mph with his fastball but doesn’t get to 97 or 98 as he would as a reliever. “You can’t go out there as a starter and just have two pitches.

“It’s something I’ve been trying to build on and get better. I want to have a third pitch to throw to help me get deeper in games.”

Imagine Sale getting more strikes (called and swinging) on his changeup. It would be awesome!

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June 3, 2012

Chris Sale pitches a complete game

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ June 3, 2012 7:00 pm
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Seattle @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 7-2) 9.0 5 2 2 2 8 1 2.29
Totals 9.0 5 2 2 2 8 1 3.89

Pitches-strikes: Sale 119-81.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 7-9.
Batters faced: Sale 33.

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 88.1 9.93 3.72 1 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0 / 0.00% 0.0296
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.77 94.3 7.25 5.90 11 6 / 54.55% 1 / 9.09% 4 / 44.44% -0.4507
CH (Changeup) 84.57 87.8 10.31 2.97 23 15 / 65.22% 0 / 0.00% 13 / 61.90% 0.2126
SL (Slider) 79.07 82.5 -4.91 -3.84 36 28 / 77.78% 8 / 22.22% 22 / 73.33% -2.3323
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 92.97 95.6 9.48 5.06 43 29 / 67.44% 2 / 4.65% 17 / 54.84% -0.5812
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 7 63.64 11 -0.834
2 17 12 70.59 28 0.898
3 14 8 57.14 42 -0.848
4 15 11 73.33 57 -0.364
5 10 7 70.00 67 0.259
6 17 8 47.06 84 -0.532
7 6 5 83.33 90 -0.834
8 6 6 100.00 96 -0.791
9 18 14 77.78 114 -0.077

Here’s how today’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start Innings Pitches-
Strikes
K/BB Swinging
Strikes
Sliders-
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
Slider
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 5/2 8 31-16 94.26 mph 80.20 mph
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 5/2 11 18-12 94.35 mph 81.23 mph
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 11/3 18 49-36 93.44 mph 80.65 mph
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 5/0 4 28-18 91.60 mph 78.68 mph
5 (5/2) 6.0 88-62 3/1 6 23-17 92.35 mph 79.66 mph
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1/1 1 11-3 94.41 mph 80.48 mph
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 3/2 6 19-12 91.72 mph 78.17 mph
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 7/1 13 12-6 92.18 mph 80.25 mph
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 6/2 10 19-14 91.68 mph 79.79 mph
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 15/2 23 33-27 93.23 mph 79.26 mph
10 (6/3) 9 119-81 8/2 11 36-28 92.97 mph 79.07 mph

RL=Relief

Couldn’t the Sox call up someone, anyone, from the minors since the bullpen was tired? Dylan Axelrod? Terry Doyle? Brian Omogrosso? Charlie Shirek? Deunte Heath? After 8 innings Sale had thrown 101 pitches. Ventura/Cooper could have take him out then. And he threw 115 pitches last time.

I, also, see the number of sliders increasing. Hmmm….

May 28, 2012

Chris Sale struck out 15 and walked 2 in 7.1 in the best start of his young career!

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 28, 2012 7:00 pm
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Sox @ Rays:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 6-2) 7.1 3 1 1 2 15 0 2.34
Crain(H, 3) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.38
Reed(S, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.70
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 2 15 0 3.91

Pitches-strikes: Sale 115-80, Crain 10-7, Reed 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 4-2, Crain 0-2, Reed 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 27, Crain 2, Reed 3.

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) 88.42 88.8 16.07 3.56 9 6 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 5 / 62.50% -0.3636
CH (Changeup) 84.52 87.8 16.17 3.11 20 12 / 60.00% 4 / 20.00% 11 / 57.89% 0.4221
SL (Slider) 79.96 82.7 -1.87 -2.18 33 27 / 81.82% 10 / 30.30% 24 / 80.00% -2.3754
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 93.23 96.5 13.74 6.60 53 35 / 66.04% 9 / 16.98% 30 / 62.50% -1.8854
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 13 11 84.62 13 -0.378
2 13 10 76.92 26 -0.862
3 10 7 70.00 36 -0.862
4 18 12 66.67 54 0.134
5 18 13 72.22 72 -0.547
6 23 16 69.57 95 -0.877
7 15 8 53.33 110 -0.532
8 5 3 60.00 115 -0.278

Here’s how today’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start Innings Pitches-
Strikes
Swinging
Strikes
Sliders-
Strikes
2-seam
fastball
Slider
1 (4/9) 6.2 100-60 8 31-16 94.26 mph 80.20 mph
2 (4/15) 5.0 102-68 11 18-12 94.35 mph 81.23 mph
3 (4/20) 6.1 110-69 18 49-36 93.44 mph 80.65 mph
4 (4/25) 8.0 101-71 4 28-18 91.60 mph 78.68 mph
5 (5/2) 6.0 88-62 6 23-17 92.35 mph 79.66 mph
RL (5/8) 1.0 26-14 1 11-3 94.41 mph 80.48 mph
6 (5/12) 5.0 103-66 6 19-12 91.72 mph 78.17 mph
7 (5/16) 5.1 103-68 13 12-6 92.18 mph 80.25 mph
8 (5/23) 7.0 97-64 10 19-14 91.68 mph 79.79 mph
9 (5/28) 7.1 115-80 23 33-27 93.23 mph 79.26 mph

RL=Relief

What a dominating performance! 23 swinging strikes! The White Sox franchise record for strikeouts is 16 and that was in 9 innings. And Sale’s 15 strikeouts were the most ever in Tropicana field.

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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May 23, 2012

Chris Sale averaged 91.7 mph on his two-seamer again (May 23)

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ May 23, 2012 11:30 pm
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Twins @ Sox:

Chi White Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Sale(W, 5-2) 7.0 2 0 0 2 6 0 2.50
Crain 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.69
Thornton 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3.44
Totals 9.0 4 0 0 4 7 0 3.79

Pitches-strikes: Sale 97-64, Crain 18-12, Thornton 23-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Sale 11-0, Crain 1-0, Thornton 1-1.
Batters faced: Sale 24, Crain 5, Thornton 4.

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) 88.40 88.5 11.38 0.08 3 2 / 66.67% 0 / 0.00% 2 / 66.67% -0.0815
FF (FourSeam Fastball) 92.93 94.7 7.40 3.51 6 5 / 83.33% 1 / 16.67% 2 / 66.67% -1.3300
CH (Changeup) 84.54 87.8 11.43 0.72 14 9 / 64.29% 2 / 14.29% 6 / 54.55% -0.3332
SL (Slider) 79.79 81.6 -4.83 -4.38 19 14 / 73.68% 5 / 26.32% 13 / 72.22% -0.5835
FT (TwoSeam Fastball) 91.68 95.1 10.32 3.24 55 34 / 61.82% 2 / 3.64% 25 / 54.35% -1.8977
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 13 9 69.23 13 -0.350
2 15 10 66.67 28 -0.848
3 13 8 61.54 41 -0.834
4 16 9 56.25 57 -0.239
5 13 9 69.23 70 -0.350
6 13 9 69.23 83 -0.757
7 14 10 71.43 97 -0.848

Here’s how tonight’s start compares with Sale’s previous starts:

Start Pitches-Strikes-Innings Sliders-Strikes 2-seam fastball Slider
1 (4/9) 100-60-6.2 31-16 94.26 mph 80.20 mph
2 (4/15) 102-68-5.0 18-12 94.35 mph 81.23 mph
3 (4/20) 110-69-6.1 49-36 93.44 mph 80.65 mph
4 (4/25) 101-71-8.0 28-18 91.60 mph 78.68 mph
5 (5/2) 88-62-6.0 23-17 92.35 mph 79.66 mph
RL (5/8) 26-14-1.0 11-3 94.41 mph 80.48 mph
6 (5/12) 103-66-5.0 19-12 91.72 mph 78.17 mph
7 (5/16) 103-68-5.1 12-6 92.18 mph 80.25 mph
8 (5/23) 97-64-7.0 19-14 91.68 mph 79.79 mph

RL=Relief
RL=Relief

More Pitch-F/X readings inside.

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May 17, 2012

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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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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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

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 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.”

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