Sale yielded four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out eight over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Blue Jays. Sale surrendered one earned run in the first, followed by two more in the third prior to exiting with a 4-1 deficit. The Red Sox would rally, however, taking Sale off the hook for the loss. The 30-year-old southpaw didn't have his best stuff Friday night, but he does sit with a 3.59 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 138:23 K:BB over 95.1 innings this season.
Sale improved to 3-7 on the season Saturday against the Orioles, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 in six innings. Sale gave up an earned run for the first time this month, but the outing was overall a strong one. He's reached double digits in strikeouts in his last four starts and eight of his last nine. After an awful start to the season, he's managed to drag his ERA down to 3.49 while raising his strikeout rate to 35.7 percent. He'll get the chance to improve on those numbers Friday against the Blue Jays.
Sale gave up one run (none earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out 10 through seven innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Monday. Sale posted double-digit strikeouts in this start for the seventh time on the campaign and turned in another dominant performance. The 30-year-old is on an impressive run over his last nine starts, posting a 2.18 ERA and a 14.6 K/9. Sale will look to keep rolling in his next start Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Sale (2-7) recorded 12 strikeouts and allowed only three hits in a complete-game shutout of the Royals on Wednesday. Sale was electric, inducing 14 swinging strikes and delivering his first complete-game shutout. In the eighth inning, the left-hander retired the Royals on nine pitches, becoming the only pitcher since Lefty Grove to have two immaculate innings in a season. The 30-year-old continues to dominate, posting a 15.0 K/9 in his last nine starts on the strength of double-digit strikeouts in seven of those outings. Sale will make his next start Monday against the Rangers at Fenway Park.
Sale (1-7) allowed four runs on seven hits with 10 strikeouts and a walk across six innings while taking a loss against the Yankees on Friday. It was another huge night for Sale in the strikeout category, but his ERA also rose to 4.35, which is a career-worst mark. Sale has posted a 1.4 HR/9 and 2.5 BB/9 this season, which aren't necessarily terrible numbers but also aren't what owners are accustomed to seeing from him. Combine that with some very poor run support, and Sale is 1-7 despite a 1.08 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 68.1 innings this season. Sale will pitch next at the Royals on Thursday.