Over the weekend the All-Star lineups were announced and despite recent Cy Young talk, Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was left off the ballot. This is surprising considering his play thus far, however being sidelined a month in mid-April clearly hurt him with the voters.
After taking the early lead in the Final Vote it seems the young star will likely win a spot as a reserve, and deservedly so, but that is far from a guarantee after the fans failed to award him to begin with.
Aside from one bad inning on June 7th, a five run inning that included a Grand Slam from Mike Trout, Sale’s ERA would be 1.97 in 86.1 inning pitched, the best in the AL. Instead his ERA is at 2.16, good for second in the AL, with a record of 8-1. His only loss at the hands of 2013 Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, a game in which Sale allowed just one run in seven innings pitched. The 25-year-old has become one of the most consistent, dominant, and effective pitchers in baseball, a top five talent in the AL in my opinion.
There’s no doubt he’s struggled with injuries throughout his career, but time and time again he has battled back and returned stronger than ever. Despite missing playing time in each of the past two seasons, Sale still managed to start in 30 games whilst leading the White Sox in both ERA and strikeouts. Believe it or not, the left-hander with a wild delivery has proven to be a fairly durable player and continues to throw well over 100 pitches every single outing. The man is tied for third in the AL in complete games, even with an injury that apparently should cost him a spot in the Mid-Summer Classic.
The winning starting pitcher of the 2013 All-Star game deserves a chance to reclaim the title again this year after clearly cementing himself as one of the best young pitchers in all of baseball. As the final ballots continue to be counted, it’s not too late to show support for the young star out of Florida Golf Coast University before the vote ends at 4 PM ET tomorrow afternoon.
With a five year $32.5 million deal signed and in the books, locking him down through the 2017 season, All-Star game or no, Chris Sale remains one of the best deals in baseball.
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