Chris Sale

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Anybody else struggle with him? Are people seeing him more often? My last 2 starts I got destroyed.

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@SaldanaBros5 said in Chris Sale:

Anybody else struggle with him? Are people seeing him more often? My last 2 starts I got destroyed.

I was really struggling with him at first. Then suddenly everything clicked and he's been incredible. I couldn't tell you what I'm doing differently but he's been pretty dominant

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I love the Sale card. Every now and again I run into someone who seems to hit him pretty well but for the most part he dominates. I think you have to kind of get used to pitching with him and really tunnel and mix up his pitches well. Once you get that down, he's nasty in my opinion. You can make all of his pitches look pretty much the same out of the hand inside and out if you get the hang of it.

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You have to establish the slider early and often to all quadrants. Wait until opponent has the timing down on it and then start pounding the fastball. Tunnel well and you will keep your opponent unbalanced.

That said, I have learned not to use him on AS due to pitch speeds. Oddly enough, I have a rotation I use on AS and one I use on HOF

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He’s my best starter...ERA under 1.5 and 14+ K’s per 9.

Slider in on righty’s under the hands and change up low and away. If you see and adjustment then start pounding fastballs up. Go back and forth and you’ll be fine.

Sometimes you will just run into someone who crushes him...get him out of there early and fight another day!

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@brucey1005 said in Chris Sale:

He’s my best starter...ERA under 1.5 and 14+ K’s per 9.

Slider in on righty’s under the hands and change up low and away. If you see and adjustment then start pounding fastballs up. Go back and forth and you’ll be fine.

Sometimes you will just run into someone who crushes him...get him out of there early and fight another day!

I agree with this, this pretty much what I do as well. I also will mix in the fastball low, inside and out as well. I think you can make all three of those pitches in those locations look fairly similar out of his hand.

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He sucks

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Hes been straight money for me in this event!

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@Hikes83 said in Chris Sale:

Oddly enough, I have a rotation I use on AS and one I use on HOF

Are you willing to share your rotations? I'm bouncing back and forth between AS and HOF in RS. No worries if it's a "trade secret"...

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If it wasn't for the SS Chirs Sale card i would not have Babe Ruth. He has been unbelievably good for me. He's this years version of Bob Feller for me in 2019 but he strikes out way more batters.

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@samguenther1987 said in Chris Sale:

If it wasn't for the SS Chirs Sale card i would not have Babe Ruth. He has been unbelievably good for me. He's this years version of Bob Feller for me in 2019 but he strikes out way more batters.

Feller was so underrated last year. He made my end game rotation right behind Kershaw. This year he's even better with outlier!

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@arvcpa said in Chris Sale:

@Hikes83 said in Chris Sale:

Oddly enough, I have a rotation I use on AS and one I use on HOF

Are you willing to share your rotations? I'm bouncing back and forth between AS and HOF in RS. No worries if it's a "trade secret"...

Nah man, it’s no secret. Its just personal preference. I find that on AS, the pitch speeds are very easy to react to so I try to use pitchers with good speed differentials and tons of movement. So in AS, I mainly use:

Hershiser
Maddux
Bauer
Kluber
FS Mize/Darvish

On HOF, I find fastballs can be utilized better so I run with:

DeGrom
Lamet
Sig Feller
Sale
Hershiser

Hershiser is just so good, he’s the only mainstay in my rotation. Sometimes I’ll dabble with Kershaw and Grove since the meta is so heavily skewed towards hitting vs RHP. All you see now are lineups full of Trout, Tatis and Mookie with reverse splits.

Again, this isn’t to say that this is gospel. It’s just personal preference for me and what seems to work best for my style.