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Chris had a spectacular resurgence with the Atlanta Braves

Left-handed pitcher Chris Sale, 35, who was a free agent bust for the Boston Red Sox, has had a spectacular resurgence with the Atlanta Braves. It’s unfortunate for Boston, which released Sale with $17 million in salary relief.

Sale started the second game of a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres on April 21 (local time) at Tristate Park in Atlanta, Georgia, and pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, striking out nine to lead Atlanta to a 3-0 victory. He faced a hit in each of the first through fourth innings but did not allow a run. In the fifth through seventh innings, he retired three straight batters.

Totaled 103 pitches, 71 strikes and 32 balls. His fastball (41) topped out at 96.5 miles per hour (155.3 km/h) and averaged 94.4 miles per hour (151.9 km/h), along with a slider (30), changeup (21), and sinker (11). His four-seam fastball and slider alone induced seven swinging strikes each.

Sale, who is 7-1 on the season, 카지노사이트 including six straight wins, has a 2.22 ERA, 70 strikeouts, a 0.86 WHIP, and a 1.097 WHIP in 56⅔ innings. He ranks second in the National League (NL) in wins and WHIP, fourth in strikeouts, fifth in ERA and FIP, and ninth in innings pitched.

Sale been getting better and better

He’s been getting better and better, especially in his last three games, starting with a 20-inning scoreless streak against Boston on April 9. His command is strong, with 28 strikeouts in 20 innings over that span. His four-seam fastball is averaging 94.7 mph (152.4 km/h), up from 93.9 mph (151.1 km/h) last year.

After the San Diego game, Sale said, according to MLB.com, “The Atlanta staff allows us to be ourselves. They bring out the best in everybody,” he said, thanking the organization for believing in him and giving him a chance.

Atlanta made the trade for Sale on Dec. 31 of last year, sending infielder Von Grissom, 23, to Boston. The Red Sox were responsible for $17 million of Sale’s $27.5 million salary in 2024. Shortly thereafter, Atlanta signed Sale to a two-year, 바카라사이트 $38 million extension. After subtracting Boston’s portion of the deal, the Red Sox only invested $21 million.

It made sense for Boston at the time. The Red Sox signed the World Series champions to a five-year, $145 million extension in March 2019, but it turned out to be a bust. Sale’s season was cut short by an elbow injury in August of that year, then he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020, the first year of the deal. He returned in August 2021, but was sidelined before the 2022 season with a stress fracture in his ribs, and two games after returning in July, he fractured his pinky finger on a hard hit ball. While rehabbing in August, he broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident that ended his season.

Last year, he was sidelined for more than two months with shoulder inflammation in early June.

He hasn’t pitched a regulation inning in four years since signing an extension with Boston. In total, he pitched just 31 games and 151 innings, finishing with a disappointing 11-7 record and 3.93 ERA. Even last year, when he was healthy, he was mediocre, going 6-5 with a 4.30 ERA in 20 games (102⅔ innings), and his mid-30s age makes a rebound seem unlikely. Boston took on Sale’s remaining salary in exchange for prospect Grissom to bolster the infield.

But Sale has resurfaced in Atlanta with pitching reminiscent of his prime. Meanwhile, Grissom, acquired in the trade, was slowed by a left hamstring injury and is batting just 1-for-5 (7-for-52) with two RBIs and a .305 OPS in 13 games since being called up in early May. In two years in Atlanta, he showed promise, batting .287 (62-for-216) with five homers, 27 RBIs and a .746 OPS in 64 games, but he hasn’t quite hit his stride in Boston. While Atlanta is in second place in the NL East (27-17, .614 OPS) thanks to Sale’s performance, Boston is in a tight race for fourth place in the American League (AL) East (24-24, .500 OPS).

But the season is still less than two months old. 파워볼실시간 Injury management will be crucial going forward. Sale knows this: “I wouldn’t say I’m completely satisfied. There’s still a long way to go, and anything can happen in baseball. I’m just trying to focus on the moment. I don’t want to take anything for granted. I want to stay humble and keep working hard.”