Chris Sale has pitched for two franchises throughout his career, the Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox. Although he had slightly better statistics as a whole during his time in Chicago, Sale won a World Series with Boston in 2018, and finished second in the Cy Young voting in 2017 (the highest Cy Young ballot finish of his career).
In 10 seasons and 312 appearances in the league, Sale is 109-73 with a 45.3 WAR and a 3.03 ERA. He has been particularly dominant against these three MLB franchises.
3. Houston Astros (5-3, 2.20 ERA)
The Houston Astros have become one of Chris Sale's greatest postseason rivals since joining the Red Sox. Overall, he has held up pretty well against the stacked Astros lineup over the last few years, with a 2.20 ERA in 9 starts. His 0.842 WHIP is especially impressive against a team this good, as are his 11.8 strikeouts per nine and 2 complete games.
2. Chicago Cubs (2-1, 1.23 ERA)
This one goes back to Sale's White Sox days. As the ace of the South Side, the southpaw never backed down in this classic Chicago rivalry series. He had a 1.23 ERA in 5 games, not allowing a single home run. Sale's sizzling 13.1 K's per nine innings weren't bad either, with a 2.08 ERA at the Chicago Cubs' iconic Wrigley Field.
1. Los Angeles Angels (7-0, 1.06 ERA)
Whether with the White Sox or Red Sox, Sale has bullied no franchise more than the Los Angeles Angels. His 1.06 ERA across 59.1 innings pitched against the Angels is truly absurd. That has helped lift him to an undefeated record and one complete game shutout in 10 meetings. Sale holds an incredible 0.657 WHIP against the Angels, and even on the road in Angels Stadium he has fanned 11.6 batters per nine with a 1.61 ERA. Los Angeles should have made a push to sign Sale when he was available, he clearly loves L.A. based on these numbers, plus they would have no longer had to try and get a hit against him.
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