“Swing and Miss” Chris Back on Center Stage
Friday, June 19, 2015
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-3, 3.01) for the Sox, RHP Colby Lewis (6-3, 4.37) for Texas.
When it comes to overwhelming hitters, it doesn’t get much better than what the Sox ace has accomplished:
* Sale has joined Hall-of-Famers Pedro Martinez (three times) and Randy Johnson (once) as the only pitchers since 1914 to strike out 12 or more batters in at least four straight starts. Martinez and Johnson share the record of five straight games with 12-plus strikeouts.
* Chris is the first major-league pitcher since former American League Cy Young winner David Price (from June 4 to June 25, 2014) to strike out 10 or more batters in five straight starts.
* His 51 strikeouts over his last four starts are a franchise record and the most in the majors since Johnson fanned 54 from August 15 to August 31, 2004 with Arizona. Sale is the only active major-leaguer to strike out 50 or more batters over a four-start stretch.
* Prior to 2013, Juan Pizarro (40 in 1961) and Javier Vazquez (42 in 2007) were the only White Sox pitchers to strike out 40-plus batters over a four-start span. Chris performed the feat once each in 2013 and 2014 and four times this season.
* Sale became the first pitcher since 1900 to record 10-plus strikeouts in four straight starts while increasing his total in each outing. He has whiffed 10-plus batters a franchise-record 24 times in 97 career starts, including six of his last seven. His 14 career games with 12 or more Ks also are a franchise record and the most in the big leagues since 2012.
* Chris’ average of 11.71 strikeouts in 2015 would break his own franchise record and is on pace to record 266 strikeouts.
* He reached 100 strikeouts in 12 starts and 78.1 innings pitched, both the fastest in Sox history, breaking his own marks of 14 starts set in 2013-14 and 89.1 in 2014.
Last Night’s Highlights
Jeff Samardzija went seven solid innings, allowing just a pair of runs with seven strikeouts (click on top link below) and Geovany Soto belted a solo homer, his fourth long one of the season (click on bottom link), but it wasn’t enough as the Sox dropped a close 3-2 decision to the Pirates.
Quote of the Day
Bench coach Mark Parent on Sale:
“The maturity of Sale from this year to last year is going through the roof…on and off the field. It seems like he has really matured in my opinion to that next level (with the) superstar-type guys.”
Scott Carroll has been recalled from Class AAA Charlotte with Hector Noesi designated for assignment.
White Sox vs. Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN). Probable Starters: RHP Carlos Rodon (2-1, 3.86) for the Sox, RHP Nick Martinez (5-2, 2.76) for Texas.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 66 on June 17 at home against the Dodgers, Mark Buehrle tossed a complete game shutout in the Sox’ 6-0 victory. Buehrle, who scattered eight hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out six while improving his record to 8-1 on the season. Jermaine Dye hit his 13th homer, a solo shot, Frank Thomas belted his fifth, a two-run blast, and Scott Podsednik stole three bases (33. 34, 35) and scored twice as the Good Guys claimed win No. 44.
Photos of the Day
On Tuesday night, Klay Thompson won an NBA title as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Wednesday night, Klay’s brother, Sox outfield prospect Trayce, belted two homers for the Charlotte Knights, the Sox top minor-league affiliate. Those were pretty special early Father’s Day gifts for their dad–former NBA star Mychal, who was part of two NBA champion teams with the Lakers and is currently a broadcaster for L.A.