Chris Sale

Chris Sale

SP - BOS
Age: 30College: Florida Gulf CoastBats: LThrows: L

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BOS @ MIN
Mon, 6/17 8:10pm
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Rank P #5
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Let's take a deep breath. Sale incited early panic by going 0-4 with an 8.50 ERA through five starts. While the 4.35 ERA still requires work, he has since returned to form. His fastball velocity has jumped back to normal, and the whiffs have followed. He's third in strikeout rate among all starters while wielding a 3.03 SIERA. Those who took a buy-low gamble in April look poised to receive a top-five ace as a reward for their faith. As for his 1-7 record pitching for the defending champions, that's why gamers are never encouraged to chase wins. One would have to assume the Red Sox will eventually offer him more run support.

Sale's 2019 campaign got off to a nightmarish start, but he's righted the ship in a big way in May. And while his diminished velocity was a legitimate concern for fantasy owners early in the season, it is now not far off from where it was in his best seasons. Hopefully you bought low.

Sale has been dreadful to begin the season, primarily because of a major drop in velocity. While he has had early season struggles in the past, this is a situation to monitor in case his shoulder is the true reason for the velo drop. Don't hesitate to move him if you can still get a top 25 player in return.