Well there you have it. For a fanbase who has been craving an Ace since the departure of Jon Lester, it is absolute music to our ears, or beauty to our eyes if you read the news like I did, that the Boston Red Sox ace, Chris Sale, has been named the American League All-Star starting pitcher.
It is easy to debate something like this every year. Sure, Sale may lead the American League in most categories, but what about one of the top two most important ones; ERA?
Chris Sale, 2 Pitch Sequence (80mph sweeping Slider and 96mph painted FB). pic.twitter.com/bsConXFldz
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 1, 2017
But with Sale pitching his balls off this year, it is simply indisputable that he should be the American League’s starting pitcher.
Sale leads the American League in innings pitched (127.2), strike outs per nine (12.548), and total strikeouts (178) WHICH is 31 strikeouts more than the pitcher with the second most. Bananas. Sale has been so dominate this season and it is unbelievable that we here in Boston get to watch him pitch every 5th day. It just isn’t fair to have something this good. It’s just too good to be true. Oh and one of the most glaring stats that he does not lead in, ERA, he is second in boasting a 2.75.
So with all of this being said, it is safe to say that Chris Sale has earned his right to be named the American League All-Star starter. Shove it AL East. Boston has the best arm in the game.
Written By: Nick Quaglia (@NickQuag)