Come Sail Away

Chris Sale is the guy that most baseball fans don’t know but should know. He pitches for the Chicago White Sox. I read this morning that he blames himself for their loss yesterday to the Devil Rays after he fanned 12 batters.

He lost 2-1 to the Devil Rays while walking three and allowing three hits over 6 2/3 innings.  Sale became the ninth pitcher in baseball history to have a double-digit strikeout streak of five or more games. He recorded 12 strikeouts for a fourth straight game, joining soon-to-be Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to reach that lofty mark since the data became available (1914).

His 24 games with double-digit strikeouts are a franchise record, as are his 14 games with 12 strikeouts or more. Of his 105 strikeouts this season, Sale’s 84 swinging rank second only to Chris Archer’s 96.