Red Sox SP Chris Sale on His 6 Starts: 'I've Sucked' in Every One of Them

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2019

Boston Red Sox's Chris Sale delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Fans haven't been happy watching Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale so far in 2019, but it appears he has an even harsher reaction to his six starts this season.

"I've sucked every one of them," he said after Sunday's loss, per Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

After allowing four runs in seven innings in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Sale now has an 0-5 record with a 6.30 ERA in 30 innings.

Even though the Red Sox have lost in all six of his starts this season, he hasn't necessarily been terrible every time out. He allowed just one run in six innings against the Oakland Athletics in what became a tough-luck 1-0 loss on April 2. The lefty also has 18 strikeouts in just 12 innings over his last two starts.

Still, his numbers aren't what we have come to expect from the seven-time All-Star.

Sale produced a 2.11 ERA last season with 237 strikeouts in just 158 innings, helping him finish in the top six of Cy Young voting for the seventh straight season.

Unfortunately, this production hasn't been found in 2019. Mike Gianella of Baseball Prospectus provided a breakdown of the problems:

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Considering he is making $15 million this season, the Red Sox will hope their ace will turn things around in a hurry.