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BOSTON, MA - JULY 15: Chris Sale
BOSTON, MA - JULY 15: Chris Sale /
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BOSTON, MA – JUNE 26: Chris Sale (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA – JUNE 26: Chris Sale (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

Chris Sale

Chris Sale has been consistently one of the most dominant starting pitchers for the past couple years, but he felt like his performances were all for nothing since he pitched for one of the worst teams in all of baseball in the Chicago White Sox.

This past offseason, his whole life was changed with one simple trade. The Red Sox traded prospects Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz to the Chicago White Sox for their frontline starter Chris Sale. While the thought was that the Red Sox gave up way too much for Sale, he has seemed to be worth the price they paid and then some.

Sale leads the American League with a 4.8 WAR and 13 victories, while only suffering four losses. He leads the league in strikeouts with 216. Earlier this season Sale tied the league record of consecutive outings with 10 or more strikeouts, with 8.

The Red Sox acquired him thinking that he would add even more depth to an already stellar starting rotation. Sale has done his part, while both Rick Porcello and David Price have not carried their own weight very well this season.

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The Red Sox are hoping to make a deep run this postseason, hoping that Chris Sale will be the driving force as they pursue their fourth World Series title in the past 14 seasons.