By David Oliver
Chris Sale, considered one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball, made his grand debut for the Boston Red Sox against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 5, 2017.
Sale came out of the gate doing what he does best: shutting down batters. He threw seven strong innings, allowing only three hits, one walk, and striking out seven. He didn’t allow a single run during his seven innings. Unfortunately, the Sox offense couldn’t score any runs to earn him the win. The Red Sox did end up winning the game on a Sandy Leon three-run homer in the 12th inning.
Chris Sale was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox on Dec. 6, 2016. The White Sox received prospects, which included Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz. Moncada is considered one of the best up-and-coming third basemen. Michael Kopech was a high pitching prospect in the Red Sox farm system.
Why did Chicago trade Chris Sale?
The White Sox weren’t making any headway towards winning the World Series. The organization knew that they needed to get young, talented players, and the best way to do that was to trade their best player. The Red Sox needed pitching to solidify them as one of the better teams coming into the 2017 season. The Red Sox are ready to make a run for the Series, so they got a fantastic pitcher to help cement them as one of the top teams.
On opening day, Sale got one of the loudest ovations from the fans as the players were introduced. When he walked toward the dugout after his pre-game warmups, Fenway was roaring. Sox Nation is very excited to see how amazing he really is.