Chris Sale's velocity was back on Tuesday, but the Boston Red Sox ace still found what is becoming a familiar result in dropping to 0-4 with an 8.50 ERA in 2019. "I just flat-out stink right now," Sale said after an 8-0 loss to the Yankees. "I don't know what it is. When you're going good, it's good. When you're going bad, it's pretty bad."
The Yankees couldn't touch Sale for two innings, with his fastball registering at 97 mph, a positive sign considering he labored to reach the low 90s his first three starts of the season. But Clint Frazier homered. and outfielders Brett Gardner and Mike Tauchman tagged Sale for extra-base hits on the way to a defeat that left the Red Sox at 6-12 entering Wednesday's date at Yankee Stadium.
Sale lost only four games last season. He allowed his fifth home run in 18 innings, and Boston's team ERA is an MLB-worst 6.09. No team has allowed more than Boston's 114 runs against. Sale signed a five-year, $145 million extension before the start of the season, but manager Alex Cora said the team isn't concerned that Sale won't find his A-game. Sale couldn't mask his own frustration, though.
"I've got to find a way to pitch better," Sale said. "This is flat-out embarrassing. For my family, for my team, for our fans. This is about as bad as it gets. I have to pitch better. I keep saying the same things, but at the end of the day, you go out there and give up four runs here, five runs here, seven runs here. If I get into the sixth or seventh inning like I should -- that's who I am. "I'm supposed to pitch into the sixth, seventh, eighth inning, finish games and stuff like that, save our bullpen, cut it off when we're losing and keep winning streaks going. That's not who I've been."
--Field Level Media