The Boston Red Sox Know They Landed An Ace In Left Handed Starting Pitcher Chris Sale
With the Boston Red Sox going out and trading Yoan Moncada and other prospects to go and get lefty ace Chris Sale they certainly improved their starting rotation. Now with players back at Spring Training they are letting it be known that they know exactly how good Sale is.
“I’ve watched him for quite a few years now.” said fellow lefty David Price. “There’s really nobody that’s like him as a starter in baseball with that arm angle and his height and just how long his arms are. He can make some pretty weird swings from those hitters, so it’s going to be fun to watch.”
Price had a chance to watch Sale pitch last week and can see how hitters are confused when they face the newly minted member of the Boston Red Sox.
“You can see from behind how much of a problem he causes for hitters just from his angle and his deception,” Price said. “You add on 95, 96, 97 and then his slider and his change up . . . it’s fun.”
Sale’s slider is deadly. He used the pitch nearly a quarter of the time in 2016 (24.9 percent) and got hitters to swing and miss on 35.5 percent of his sliders.
“It’s hard to pick up,” explained Jackie Bradley Jr, “Throws upper 90 and has a slider that starts out in the batter’s box behind you and ends up in the other batter’s box. Good luck.”
Joe Kelly caught Sale during a long-toss session that caused Kelly to focus a little harder in reading the ball.
“The first couple of throws was kind of tough.” Kelly said. “Like softball, you have to change where you’re looking at. I started looking at his hip to see where the ball would come out and picked it up a little better.”
JBJ and the Red Sox are happy about one thing right now and that is Chris Sale is a member of the Boston Red Sox.
“Glad he’s on our side.” -JBJ