There are a few guys I love watching pitch. Interestingly, there are fewer starters I love than I think there used to be. Maybe it's the starters, maybe it's my attention, maybe it's the list of guys there used to be is longer than ever.
Of non-Yankees, I love watching Cliff Lee and Felix and Bartolo Colon and Mike Minor and Jordan Zimmerman. Give a starter who throws the ball over the plate and says "I dare you."
For years, I have enjoyed watching Chris Sale. If baseball started over with a draft, and I had the third pick (once Trout and Kershaw were off the board), I might take Chris Sale. A 25 year old, 6'6" left hander who averages better than a K/9 and doesn't walk anyone. Yeah, wish I had one of those.
Since transitioning from the bullpen in 2012, Sale has struck out a quarter of the batters who face him. He's walked basically one or two guys per start. He usually pitches into the 7th inning.
Chris Sale has held opponents to a .223/.283/.347 line in his short, brilliant career.
The Yankees' offense has been at its best against lefties this year: .288/.349/.423.
It's a great matchup- a hard hitting lineup that can strike out in bunches against a strikeout artist capable of going deep into games.
Go Yankees. Go baseball.
|NEW YORK YANKEES||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Jacoby Ellsbury - CF||Adam Eaton - CF|
|Derek Jeter - DH||Gordon Beckham - 2B|
|Mark Teixeira - 1B||Conor Gillaspie - 3B|
|Alfonso Soriano - RF||Dayan Viciedo - RF|
|Y. Solarte - 3B||Adam Dunn - 1B|
|Brian Roberts - 2B||Alexei Ramirez - SS|
|J. Murphy - C||Paul Konerko - DH|
|Brendan Ryan - SS||A. De Aza - LF|
|Zoilo Almonte - LF||Tyler Flowers - C|
|David Phelps - RHP||Chris Sale - LHP|