Recently, one of baseball’s hottest teams has been the Boston Red Sox.
They extended their winning streak to seven games and have now won eight out of their last ten games with their 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
At Citizens Bank Park on Friday, seasoned left-hander Chris Sale won the Sox the victory by scattering 10 batters over six innings while allowing only three runs.
Sale has a 6.37 ERA and a 3-2 record for the year.
However, certain statistics indicate that the seasoned ace is making some significant advancements.
Red Sox analyst Tyler Milliken provided a number of statistics on Twitter that demonstrate Sale’s progress.
Chris Sale over his last 4 starts:
3.86 ERA/2.16 FIP
86.5 Average EV
Not to mention an unlucky .355 BABIP
Velocity is ticking up and his command is getting better with every start.
Just what this Red Sox team needs right now. pic.twitter.com/6TnyWFlQVk
Tyler Milliken (@tylermilliken_) May 6, 2023
Sale has thrown 23.1 innings across his previous four starts.
He has a 3.86 ERA and a 2.16 FIP.
Sale has not given up a home run while averaging 10 strikeouts and slightly under 2 walks per nine innings.
He travels at an average speed of 86.5 mph.
It goes without saying that Sale is progressing and may be just what the Red Sox need as they try to solve their beginning pitching problems.
The Red Sox have a record of 20-14 this year and presently hold the second slot in the American League Wild Card.
Sale appears to be regaining his mojo and pitching like the ace he was before being sidelined by injury.
If Sale keeps performing the way he has been, the Red Sox will have a legitimate No. 1 starter to rely on and be able to compete for the postseason.