The Boston Red Sox have had to deal with doubters even before the 2021 MLB season began. Many experts thought that the New York Yankees would run away with the division, but it's actually the Red Sox who are currently the division leaders with a 26-18 record. Now, it's looking like Boston could get a boost soon with the possible return of starting pitcher Chris Sale.
Sale has been out of the Red Sox's lineup since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2020. Fortunately, it's looking like his rehab is going well. Boston Globe reporter Alex Speier wrote that Sale has been regularly pitching on the mound in Fort Myers, FL and will continue to "ramp up" his rehab.
Chris Sale Injury Update
Speier also reported that even though Sale is back to pitching, he hasn't faced any live batters yet. While he still has a way to go until that happens, it's encouraging to see the 32-year-old's progress so far.
It's safe to say that the seven-time All-Star looked "off" the last time he pitched for Boston in the 2019 season. During that season, Sale recorded a 6-11 record through 25 starts, tallying 218 strikeouts (his fewest since 2014) and a career-worst 4.40 ERA. Red Sox fans are hoping that the Tommy John surgery pays off considering few pitchers are better than Sale when he's on his game. After all, it was only back in 2017 when he led the majors with 308 strikeouts.
Despite being the current AL East leaders, the Red Sox only have the 3rd-best odds to win their division at +450, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. As it stands, they trail both the New York Yankees (-115) and Toronto Blues Jays (+400).
Assuming that Sale is able to return to the lineup this season, he should help the Red Sox push the odds in their favor.
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