Sunday, January 27, 2013
White Sox want more Sale
By Jason Catania
Chris Sale had a breakout season in 2012, and he's looking to do even better next season after putting on some pounds during the offseason.
It's not often that a player's goal is to add weight during the winter, but in Sale's case, he's listed at 6'6" and a rail-thin 180 pounds. The lanky lefty, who will turn 24 just prior to the season, told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, that he's put on 15 pounds already, primarily due to grilling and consuming all sorts of protein-rich meats, like beef, pork, steak and chicken.
Additionally, Sale swam less but hired a personal trainer and took up Pilates to help strengthen his core. The goal? To increase his stamina and endurance and better prepare him for pitching 200-plus innings for the first time in his career.
Sale threw 192 frames last year when he converted full-time from reliever to starter. While his overall performance (3.05 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 19 home runs allowed) earned him an All-Star selection and a sixth-place finish in the Cy Young voting, the 2010 first-rounder clearly tired down the stretch, posting a 4.03 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and allowing 14 home runs. Making sure Sale can top 200 innings and that his performance doesn't drop off again will be key factors toward the Chicago White Sox' success in 2013.
If getting more of Sale means the White Sox get more out of Sale -- get it? -- that's a tradeoff the club will sign up for.