It has been very well documented that Chris Sale wears down as the season progresses. Red Sox fans saw it first hand in September last year. And Sale readily admits he was gassed by the time he hit the mound for a playoff start against the Astros.
Alex Cora is all about resting players and there was/is a plan in place for Sale to pitch less this year.
But it’s failing.
He is on pace to make more starts (35) pitch more innings (220) and probably throw more pitches (101.3 per game) than last season.
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
He needs to miss a couple of starts in the second half of the season or his tank will once again be empty come playoff time. -SOLARI