Chris Sale flat out dominates in his rehab start with Portland

We’ve been getting updates on Chris Sale since the beginning of February pretty much. He’s been improving in his health. Now? He’s dominating at the minor league level, like we all expected. Chris Sale dominated in his rehab start with the Portland Sea Dogs last night.

Now, I know this is a AA start. But there were still a few things impressive about Chris Sale’s rehab start with the Portland Sea Dogs.

The Velocity

The velocity was there. 96 on the first pitch of the game, consistently hitting 97, and even reaching up to 98. That’s impressive for what Sale has been through over the last year. He looks healthy. It looks like he’s in the best shape of his life. The velocity is there to back up the fact that Sale looks like his old self again.

The Control

Sale threw a total of 49 pitches tonight. Out of those 49 pitches? He threw 34 strikes. Quick math on that, that’s very close to 70% strikes in the entire outing. Sale looked crisp and in control of his whole start. Love the fact that he was able to locate both the fastball and the slider. So now, this all leads into the final question.

What Happens Next with Chris Sale?

Does Chris Sale make another start with Portland? Will he move up to Worcester? My guess? He moves up to Worcester and makes two rehab starts there. Get his pitch count up and see if he’s ready to come back to Boston. The Red Sox have played this perfectly with Sale so far. So now? Continue on the right path and make sure he’s 100% healthy.

In Conclusion

Great sign from Chris Sale last night. Getting close to 50 pitches is a positive as well. Give me another Sale start Sunday with a 60-70 pitch range and then another start of about 75-80 pitches. Let’s get Chris Sale back up to Boston ASAP!

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-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793)

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