Chris Sale is one of the worst starters in baseball

Here are the numbers

To call the Red Sox’ Chris Sale one of the worst starters sounds like hyperbole but of the 75 qualified starters this season the average ERA is 3.90, Chris Sale now has an ERA of 4.68, 65th in the majors. Of course, this isn’t as bad as the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka‘s 4.78 ERA or teammate Rick Porcello‘s 5.74 ERA (74th in the majors), but still pretty awful.

Check out these numbers:

Chris Sale through August 3

Vs. Division W L IP H BB K ER R HR BA ERA WHIP
AL Central 2 0 26.0 17 4 42 7 7 2 .185 2.42 0.81
AL West 0 3 27.1 19 12 30 13 16 6 .188 4.28 1.13
NL West 0 1 11.2 10 1 24 7 7 2 .227 5.40 0.94
AL East 3 7 67.2 70 18 97 42 45 12 .262 5.59 1.30

It gets worse when you remember that the role of every Red Sox pitcher, particularly one regarded as an ace, is to beat the Yankees. The average ERA amongst qualified starters versus the New York Savages is 5.34. Chris is Sale is 0-4 with a 9.90 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.

Chris Sale through August 3

Opponent W L IP H BB K ER R HR BA ERA WHIP
KC 1 0 9.0 3 0 12 0 0 0 .103 0.00 0.33
TEX 0 0 7.0 3 1 10 0 1 0 .130 0.00 0.57
OAK 0 1 6.0 3 2 1 1 1 1 .143 1.50 0.83
BAL 1 0 14.0 9 1 24 3 3 0 .180 1.93 0.71
COL 0 0 7.0 3 0 17 2 2 1 .125 2.57 0.43
TB 1 1 13.0 8 6 18 4 6 2 .174 2.77 1.08
DET 0 0 5.0 5 2 10 2 2 1 .250 3.60 1.40
CWS 1 0 12.0 9 2 20 5 5 1 .209 3.75 0.92
HOU 0 1 11.1 7 7 15 5 7 2 .163 3.97 1.24
TOR 1 2 20.2 25 6 28 13 14 4 .298 5.66 1.50
LAD 0 1 4.2 7 1 7 5 5 1 .350 9.64 1.71
NYY 0 4 20.0 28 5 27 22 22 6 .322 9.90 1.65
SEA 0 1 3.0 6 2 4 7 7 3 .429 21.00 2.67

But of all the numbers I can share, the worst is that his salary doubles starting next season.

NameAgeYrsSrvTmContract Status20192020202120222023202420252026
Chris Sale30108.0617 yrs/$59M (13-19),5 yrs/$145M (20-24) & 25 vesting option$15M$30M$30M$30M$27.5M$27.5M$0 [FA-*]FA

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/3/2019.