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Chris Sale 2018 Outlook

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Back on track, looked great today. Was striking out guys with 100mph fastballs! Too bad the run support wasn't there...

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Well when you're going up against the likes of Dylan "Cy" Covey, you just assume a loss is coming. 

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Interesting side-by-side video on his delivery shown by Sox booth during the game.  His two games where he was bad he had moved to pitching with his side turned towards the batter and directly facing 1B like he would in the stretch position but now he was using it in the wind-up.  And he got clobbered.

 

This outing and the last one -- that is the two excellent ones after the Houston disaster -- he turned to almost face the batter directly before he started his wind-up.  More like it had been before but far more extreme then it had been prior to that weird sideways stance.  Something about twisting his body around in the pivot gave him an extra something to his delivery.  Honestly I didn't get the physics of it because I was on the phone at the same time.

 

Anyway the result of this new stance the last two games in that he has never thrown as hard in his whole entire career.  He had a 100 mph pitch in that last game and a couple of 99 mph ones.  He had never been up that fast before.  This game he was at 99 several times too.  And his control was excellent in this new stance too. 

 

In other words, ladies and gentlemen, Chris Sale just discovered a way to pitch both faster and better.

 

(Can't wait for those saber fantasy sites to notice and try and explain this since they didn't see the explanation about simply starting from a different position on the mound.  I bet they will come up with any number of weird theories to explain the sudden "increase in velo" that make no sense and center on the health of the arm and the "inverted W" etc etc).

 

 

 

 

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