We have been waiting for this day for almost two years now. There were reports about him making several rehab starts with Portland and Worcester. Now? Now we’re going to have Chris Sale back in action in a Red Sox uniform. Chris Sale will be making his first MLB start in two years on Saturday as the Red Sox will have a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Baltimore Orioles.
Chris Sale will start on Saturday for the Red Sox
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) August 8, 2021
This is obviously great news for a team that has been struggling in the month of August. But what else does this mean for the Red Sox moving forward?
The Red Sox Got Their Groove Back(?)
Maybe this exactly the type of boost that the Red Sox need at the current moment. Chris Sale looks really good in all of his rehab starts. Plus, we’ve heard the reports of him being completely different as far as his diet and temperament are concerned. Plus, for all of the talk of the trade deadline being a waste, it’s like you got a stud for absolutely nothing! We’ve seen the pitching struggles a bit too with Martín Pérez and Garrett Richards. Maybe the arrival of Sale will give the Red Sox their “groove” back in the starting rotation.
Goodbye Garrett Richards(?)
This seems like it would be the logical move. Pérez was recently summoned to the bullpen, losing his starting spot. That should be Tanner Houck’s spot without question. Now with Sale coming back, wouldn’t it make sense for the Red Sox to say goodbye to Garrett Richards. He’s had terrible first inning issues the entire year. We’ve had to watch him change his whole pitching outlook with the new rules implemented earlier on in the year. Pivetta has been great this year. Eovaldi was an All-star. Rodriguez looks like he’s turning a corner and Houck has been great in his limited starts this year. It just seems like it’s Richards time to go. Why go into every fifth day hoping your offense will pick up the slack for your starting pitcher?
Chris Sale coming back to the Red Sox will be great for everyone. It makes the Red Sox a better team. Fans love how competitive and genuine Sale has been since the moment he arrived in Boston. Saturday will be a lot of fun. Now let’s get Kyle Schwarber healthy and make the run we’ve all been waiting for in the second half of the season!
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