White Sox ace Chris Sale is a strikeout machine. After fanning 15 batters against the Cubs last Sunday, the southpaw struck out 14 batters over seven innings last night as part of an 11-4 win over the Mariners.
Sale held the Mariners scoreless over the first six innings before giving up a three-run homer to Mark Trumbo in the seventh. It was the lone blemish in another dominating outing. He allowed just four hits and one walk while amassing 22 swinging strikes.
Sale now has 12 double-digit strikeout games in his 24 starts this season. He leads the majors with 222 strikeouts over 164 1/3 innings. He projects to get around eight more starts this season, so he still has a chance at 300 strikeouts. No pitcher has reached 300 strikeouts in a season since Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) each got there in 2002 while pitching for the Diamondbacks.
UPDATE: According to Jack Curry of YES Network, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Pineda is on track to return Wednesday against the Astros. The Yankees will use a six-man rotation for the time being.
11:01 a.m. ET: Good news for the first-place Yankees, as right-hander Michael Pineda is one step closer to returning from the disabled list.
Pineda, out since July 24 with a right forearm strain, allowed one run over 4 2/3 innings Friday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in his second minor league rehab start. He gave up three hits and no walks while striking out three batters. According to Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he received a positive report on the outing.
“He threw well,” Girardi said. “From what I understand, 63 pitches and another 10 in the bullpen. So we’ll talk about it. We haven’t made any decisions. But he threw the ball well.”
Pineda appears ready to rejoin the Yankees, but it’s unclear how the rotation will shake out. One option is to go with six starters and keep rookie Luis Severino around. It would be one way to manage Severino’s workload down the stretch.
Pineda has a 3.97 ERA and 117/15 K/BB ratio in 118 innings over 19 starts this season.
Astros right-hander Mike Fiers threw the 11th no-hitter in franchise history last night as part of a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers. Watch all 27 outs of the feat below:
Fiers needed a career-high 134 pitches in order to get it done. Not only was last night his first no-hitter, it was also his first complete game in 59 career starts.
Fiers, who was acquired along with Carlos Gomez from the Brewers last month, now has a 2.42 ERA and 25/9 K/BB ratio in 26 innings over three starts and one relief appearance since joining the Astros.