Sale Gets The Nod To Start For AL All-Star Team
For the third straight year, Chris Sale will be throwing the first pitch for the AL All-Star team as they battle the NL squad Tuesday night.
Both AL manager A.J. Hinch and NL manager Dave Roberts announced their starting lineups and starting pitchers Monday, a day ahead of the 89th annual Midsummer Classic.
Sale will have a familiar opposition, when the game gets underway, as Roberts has tabbed Washington's Max Scherzer to start for the NL team in his home ballpark.
There were a host of elite options for Hinch to choose from for the AL's starting gig. A couple of rough outings for a few of Sale's contemporaries, combined with a strong final few outings that saw his ERA drop to the lowest in the league, ultimately seems to have given Sale the edge.
In his last two All-Star starts, Sale has pitched three innings, giving up four hits and one run while striking out three.
So far this season, Sale has been his dominant self, posting a 10-4 record with a 2.23 ERA, 188 strikeouts and 129 innings pitched, over 20 starts.
You can check out the full starting lineups here.
The All-Star game starts at 8:00 PM, Tuesday night, on Fox.