It seemed like manager Ozzie Guillen was on his way to the mound to make a pitching change before the fourth wide one to Scott was even across the plate.
“I’m worried about it,” Guillen said. “I think his mechanics... I don’t know if you can call it mechanics, he’s all over the place. He’s out of control. He doesn’t throw strikes. In the big leagues, you can throw 89-98 [mph], but if you don’t throw strikes, you’re going to get in trouble. Hopefully he figures out soon because the last couple outings he can’t find the plate.”
After a dominating two months last season, Sale now has a 7.15 ERA just over a month into the season.
With Sergio Santos apparently entrenched as the closer (he relieved Sale on Monday and recorded his third save) a left-hander could be expendable. The White Sox probably don’t need three left-handed relievers if one isn’t closing. The problem is that Will Ohman's success typically comes as a lefty specialist, while the third lefty, Matt Thornton, is also struggling and getting no help from the defense.
If the White Sox did elect to send Sale back to Triple-A to find his mechanics, there are options, but they are all right-handed. Relievers Brian Bruney and John Kinney have each pitched in nine games at Triple-A Charlotte without being scored upon. Gregory Infante has also recorded nine scoreless outings at Double-A Birmingham.
“I think people in the big leagues survive if they throw strikes more than when they throw hard, and they have to learn that,” Guillen said.