There was really no doubt left-hander Chris Sale would be chosen to represent the White Sox in the All-Star Game this year. The only question is whether he'll be named the American League's starting pitcher for next week's Midsummer Classic.
Sale made his case with yet another brilliant performance Tuesday night, limiting the hard-hitting Texas Rangers to a run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings in Chicago's 19-2 victory. Over his last nine starts -- covering 64 1/3 innings -- Sale has gone 6-0 with a 1.68 ERA. His overall record stands at 10-2.
This is a guy who doesn't need much run support. Most nights, three runs is going to be enough. Funny thing is, the Sox often come out swinging with Sale on the mound. They've scored 41 runs in Sale's last three victories. They've outscored the opposition 57-10 in Sale's last six wins. Tuesday's game was over by the end of the second inning after the Sox cuffed Texas starter Roy Oswalt around for four runs in the first and three more in the second for an early 7-0 lead.
Think Jake Peavy wouldn't kill for that kind of support? Peavy hasn't been pitching as well as Sale, but he's been close. He had a 2.76 ERA over six starts in June, yet his record for the month was 0-4. Peavy leads the American League with four complete games this season, yet three of them are losses. He is 6-5 on the year, and the Sox have scored a grand total of two runs in those five losses. Peavy has two 1-0 losses and a 2-1 loss on his record.
I'm sure Sale is delighted with all the runs he's received, but it would be nice to see the Sox hitters spread the love around a little bit. Peavy, like Sale, would be on pace for 20 wins if he was getting even average run support. And if the Sox are going to hang 19 runs on somebody, it's too bad they couldn't do it on a day where the struggling Gavin Floyd is on the mound.