Chris Sale the new ace for the Boston Red Sox made his debut for the club on Monday against the Houston Astros. The southpaw labeled his performance mixed after an outing that came to an end earlier than had been originally planned.
In December, Sale was acquired by Boston from the White Sox. He allowed a pair of runs, one of which was earned, in the two innings he pitched against the Astros.
When asked if he were happy with his performance, Sales answered that he did not know. He got in good work, he added, but said you also want results.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sale was penciled in to pitch three innings. However, after two innings and 37 pitches Farrell made the decision to lift Sale before the start of the third inning.
Sale said he understood the decision by Farrell, as he did throw 37 pitches.
The radar gun on the scoreboard registered Sale’s fastball at 97 mph in the first inning. Sale struck two Astros out in his two inning of work.
Farrell said the velocity Sale had surprised him for just his first spring training outing. Farrell believes the number is high for early in spring training, but said it was difficult to tell such a strong competitor not to go 100%.
Boston gave up three prospects and Yoan Moncada a talented youngster to Chicago in exchange for Sale, who led the American League in strikeouts in 2015 and has been an All-Star five times.
The addition of Sale has taken on more importance already this spring as David Price the veteran lefthander experienced elbow soreness and his status is unknown to start the season.
Farrell said that every Red Sox player gets a certain level of scrutiny due to it being Boston. However, he added apart from the developments on the current roster related to injuries or other things. Sale will draw a large amount of attention.
The Red Sox manager added that based on what he has seen and heard, Sale will handle this type of environment well.
Boston is beginning its first spring training without David Ortiz in 14 years and hopes the acquisition of Sale to the starting rotation will help compensate for not having Ortiz’s bat in the lineup.
Price is scheduled to be sidelined for at least a month and then will have his left elbow reexamined but doctors.