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Through 0-6 stretch, Sale’s arm has never felt better
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Chris Sale hasn’t won a game since May 17. And to think his left arm has never felt better.
Sale hasn’t won in six starts because of poor run support, but let’s be clear. He is pitching like an All-Star — he’ll go to his second straight All-Star Game with a 5-8 record – and he’s throwing hard and feeling loose.
Sale touched 97 mph and averaged 95 mph on Saturday night, an average he’s maintained over his last five starts. Against the Mets on June 25, he touched 98.7 and averaged 97. By comparison, he averaged 95 over four starts total last season when he went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA.
“It’s funny, my worst stretch and it’s the best my arm has ever felt,’’ Sale said Sunday. “That goes to show you how crazy sports is. But yeah, my arm has felt kind of the best it ever has in this last month-and-a-half stretch.’’
It’s Sale’s worst stretch, as he puts it, only because the Sox have averaged 1.6 runs over his six-game losing streak. His ERA is 3.10 during the streak, and 2.79 overall.
Since skipping a start before June because of a tight shoulder, Sale has never felt better.
“Yeah, I’m loose,’’ he said. “The sun’s out and it’s warm, so, I like that a heck of a lot better. [The missed start] was something that was very minor. We took the right precautions getting an extra week of rest, but not only that we did some work to help strengthen it and give it a rest and reboot for the rest of the season.’’