By: Jake Perda
Luckily for baseball fans, the offseason is over. Spring Training is over. This is no longer speculation. We can now make some not so educated claims based on sample sizes that are far too small to be able to actually determine how this year will go. Nonetheless, I have noticed an alarming trend regarding the Red Sox new ace.
Over his first 2 starts in a Red Sox uniform, Chris Sale has pitched 14 ⅔ innings allowing just 2 runs, 2 walks, and racking up 17 K’s. That’s pure dominance right there. However, Sale’s record sits at 0-1. I suppose we could chalk this up to half of the team suffering from the flu, or maybe the Sox hitters are just getting off to a slow start. But I believe that I have found the real reason that this is happening. Chris Sale is cursed.
The lack of run support that Chris Sale has received has been fairly well-documented over the years. Back then, we just assumed that it was because he was on the White Sox. The White Sox have not exactly been an offensive juggernaut over the years, so it was no surprise that Chris Sale’s talents were being wasted on those rosters. But this is the Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox had the best offense in baseball last year! Sure, David Ortiz is gone. Does that really justify going from averaging 5 runs a game to barely putting up 1 per game when your ace is on the mound?
The Red Sox are now 3-3 as the team heads back to Boston. Between the entire team giving each other the flu, and the knee injury of Jackie Bradley Jr., there is not a lot of certainty surrounding this team. Unfortunately, there is one thing that is certain. The curse of Chris Sale has followed him to Boston. If he wants to win this team any games, he is going to need to do much better than a 1.23 ERA. Chris Sale can not settle for anything less than 9 innings of perfection.