White Sox starter Chris Sale pitched into the eighth inning, allowing one run on six hits and a walk while striking out 10 batters in his most recent start on Saturday against the Cubs. He is a candidate to start for the American League in the All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday.
If manager Robin Ventura had his way, Sale wouldn’t pitch at all. Via Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune:
“I think yesterday he was amped up,” Ventura said. “Just philosophy-wise, pitch count and everything in this environment, he was exerting everything he had. It would be nice (for him to rest), definitely.
“He is (our only representative). But I also want him to pitch for us for the rest of the year too.”
Sale heads into the All-Star break with a 2.72 ERA, leading the league with 157 strikeouts compared to only 23 walks in 119 1/3 innings. One can understand Ventura’s reluctance to have Sale throw any more than he needs to, but the baseball world at large would be deprived of awesome pitching were the lefty to rest on Tuesday instead.