Sale vs. Buehrle: A Must-See Matchup with a Strikeout Record There for the Taking
Monday, July 6, 2015
Tonight’s Game: What a Difference Five Years Make
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a four-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (6-4, 2.87) for the Sox, LHP Mark Buehrle (9-4, 3.64) for Toronto.
In his days with the White Sox, Buehrle routinely caught ceremonial first pitches. In the top photo above, taken on June 22, 2010, Mark was on the receiving end of a first pitch tossed by Sale on the day the Sox’ newest first-round draft pick was introduced to his future teammates, fans and media for the first time.
Today, the former mates face each other as the aces of their respective pitching staffs and the bonus is that Sale will be looking to break the major-league record he now shares with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez of eight consecutive games with 10 or more strikeouts. During the streak, which began on May 23 vs. the Twins, Sale has a 1.80 ERA and 97 strikeouts.
Melky Cabrera, who had an RBI double in the loss to the Orioles, has reached base safely in each of his last eight games, is batting .391 over his last 12 and .341 over his last 24 contests…For the second straight day, a White Sox outfielder robbed Baltimore’s Chris Davis of a home run. Saturday it was Avi Garcia, yesterday it was J.B. Shuck (click on link below). It should be noted that Davis waved a white towel in the O’s dugout after Shuck’s leaping grab as if to say, “give up.
What Doesn’t Sale Do?
Prior to yesterday’s game, Chris surprised Sox fan Evelyn Berg with flowers and cupcakes for her, get this,105th birthday.
Quotes of the Day
* Robin on the Sale-Buehrle duel, featuring two lefties who waste no time between pitches:
“It should be fun. It should be fast too.”
* Martinez on Sale and the possibility of the Sox ace setting the strikeout mark outright tonight with 10 or more for the ninth game in a row (via Paul Sullivan of the Trib):
“I wish him well. I hope he sets a record that no one can reach for many years. He has been a really bright spot for baseball and I’m actually looking in to see him every time he gets on the bump. I really will stop and watch. It’s good for baseball.
“I haven’t met him in person. But I’ve seen him. And I’ll tell you what, he’s someone to watch closely. He has everything he needs to become a really successful superstar.”
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+). Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (4-7, 3.81) for the Sox, TBA for Toronto.
Photo of the Day