As the four-game series opener between the Yankees and Red Sox is just about set to begin at Fenway Park on Thursday night, it was recently announced that Chris Sale was named the Pitcher of the Month in the American League for the second straight time.
The Red Sox were unbeaten in Sale’s four July starts, all while the lefty surrendered one lone run in 25 innings pitched to go along with 43 strikeouts and a mere .178 batting average against.
Currently on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation, it is unfortunate that Sale will be unable to make what was his scheduled start against New York tonight.
Fortunately, the Florida native seems confident that he will be able to make his next start against the Toronto Blue Jays sometime next week.
On the season as a whole, Sale owns an 11-4 record, a 2.04 ERA, and 207 total punch outs in 141 innings pitched.
Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks received the same honor on the National League side after posting a 1.60 ERA in five July starts.