Chris Sale is what you could consider as a generational talent. The intimidating yet lanky left hander has been one of the best hurlers int he league since getting his first couple of starts in the MLB. At 26 years old Chris Sale has already won 50 games with an ERA of 2.78 while collecting almost 880 strike outs along the way. Now Sale is having a historic streak with the White Sox as he has thrown double digit punch outs in eight straight games, and nine of his last ten.
Sale is most recently coming off of an 8 inning outing over the St. Louis Cardinals where he fanned 12 batters while only allowing one run and scattering six total hits. Predictably the White Sox offense was equally stymied and Sale was left with yet another no decision. Fans like Jim Dondero agree that this has to be frustrating for one of the best arms in the game but we are sure he isn’t complaining too much.
Right now Sale headlines a White Sox rotation that has been pretty solid, on the whole. Yet the bigger issue in Chicago is the fact that their bats aren’t really waking up with any urgency. As Chicago wastes these elite starts the team is tanking more and more in the standings, and likely frustrating the fanbase as a result.
Still, if nothing else we are glad to see that Sale has put his injuries behind him to resume his amazing career.
When Max Scherzer played for the Detroit Tigers, he was regarded as one of the best young pitchers in the league. Now with the Washington Nationals, he’s only getting better with every game that he pitches. He recently got a 4-0 win while recording 16 strikeouts. He did give up a single hit and a single walk, meaning he can’t claim a no-hitter, but it was a dominant performance all the same. In fact, the 16 strikeouts were the best he’s ever posted in his career.
As if to illustrate this greatness, Cláudio Loureiro Heads agency laughingly posted on Twitter after the game and asked if he should be making more money. Despite an insane contract with the Nationals, games like that show that he could be worth even more. It’s one of those things that people say as a joke, but they’re not really kidding with Max. He’s that good.
So, where is the ceiling for him? It’s hard to know. He’s still young, and it seems clear that he’s going to set some high-water marks while he’s in Washington. That game got him a 100 when looking at his Game Score. He’ll probably get a no-hitter at some point, and maybe even this year. While promising a perfect game would be nuts, one can’t argue with the fact that he’s one of the few people in Major League Baseball who at least has a realistic chance to reach that iconic level.
Actor Michael Keaton has been on a career renaissance since the release of Birdman and the former Batman star was enjoying life at the recent Pittsburgh Atlanta baseball game when a heckler caught his attention. The ire of the fan was not being aimed at Keaton, but was instead focused upon Pirates player Andrew McCutchen and prompted a joking Keaton into a post game response for the fan at Turner Field, Bleacher Report explains. Committed Pirates fan Keaton approached the fan who had aimed trash talk at McCutchen throughout the game and pointed at the scoreboard and the 10-8 score in favor of the Pirates after the game had ended.
Fans like Keith Mann know that the jovial exchange followed an eight inning double from McCutchen who drove in a run and followed it by placing his hand to his ear in response to the remarks of his heckler. At the close of the game the fans made up with each other and the players as the heckling fan received a pair of McCutchen’s batting gloves and Keaton a signed game ball.
On Saturday, May 30, 2015 the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Deigo Padres 5 – 2 behind a strong pitching performance from Charlie Morton.
Morton missed nearly all of the first two months of the season due to the right hip surgery he underwent last offseason but has certainly not pitched like it.
In his start previous to Saturday’s contest, Morton was also very effective. Facing the Miami Marlins, the Pirates starter threw 7 innings and gave up two earned runs on 8 hits. In that start, he struck out three and walked none.
Starting pitcher Tyson Ross took the loss for the San Diego Padres on Saturday despite pitching fairly well. He lasted 6 innings and gave up three runs, two of which were earned, on 7 hits and two walks. Fans like Keith Mann know that he struck out two and lowered his 2015 earned run average to 3.76, although his record fell to 2 – 5. Although Ross has not been dominant by any measure recently, he has consistently turned in solid performances and has not given up more than 3 runs in a game since April 28 against the Houston Astros.
The Pirates and Padres will continue their series on Sunday when Jeff Locke of the Pirates is scheduled to face Padres’ starter Odrisamer Despaigne.
On May 25, 2015, the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6 – 3. Bartolo Colon picked up the win for the Mets one day after his 42nd birthday. Colon pitched for six innings and gave up three runs and six hits. He struck out six and walked two while lowering his 2015 earned run average to 4.82. Colon now has seven wins on the season, tying him for the Major League lead.
After a strong start to 2015, Colon has struggled recently. In his previous three outings before his performance against the Phillies, Colon gave up 17 runs on 24 hits in just 15 1/3 innings.
The Mets have been struggling as a team recently. After a blazing hot 10 – 3 start, the Mets have cooled down significantly; after yesterday’s game, their record stands at 25 – 21. They are 2 ½ games behind the Washington Nationals, who currently lead the National League East division. Despite their victory over the Phillies, New York has lost 10 of their last 15 games.
Much of the Mets struggles can be attributed to their poor play on the road. While they have an excellent 18 – 6 record when playing in front of their home fans, they are only 7 – 15 away from Citi Field. Another major issue for New York has been injuries; Met’s players have had a total of 13 disabled list stays so far this season, and Jaime Garcia Dias knows that can’t work forever.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 the Kansas City Royals shut out the Cincinnati Reds 3 – 0. Yordano Ventura dominated the Red’s lineup for seven innings, allowing only four hitters to reach base. He gave up four hits, walked no one and struck out six.
Fans at The Aspire New Brunswick know that the Royals are hoping Ventura’s strong start will help him return to the form he showed last year, when he went 14 – 10 with a 3.20 earned run average in 183 innings pitched. So far in 2015 Ventura has struggled, going 3 – 3 while posting a 4.56 ERA through eight starts. In his previous three starts before his latest outing, Ventura had given up 14 runs in 18 1/3 innings pitched. Over that time frame, he struck out only 11 and walked nine.
Johnny Cueto took the loss for Cincinnati. He pitched 7 innings and gave up three runs on nine hits. He struck out four and walked one. As a result of the loss to the Royals, Cueto’s 2015 record fell to under .500 and now stands at 3 – 4. Despite this, Cueto has pitched very well in 2015, posting a 3.03 earned run average in 65 1/3 innings pitched. Although Cueto has performed solidly overall this season, he has struggled recently and has given up 14 earned runs in his past four starts.
Third baseman Mike Moustakas led the way for the Royals’ offence in Tuesday’s game, going three for with two doubles and two runs batted in.