The Red Sox have struggled all year with their ace on the mound, and Wednesday’s 6-3 loss to Toronto was no different.
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Chris Sale has not been the ace that Red Sox fans have grown accustomed to over the past two seasons. While he has had plenty of solid outings this year and has definitely pitched better than his 3-8 record, he has also had numerous shaky outings. Wednesday against the Blue Jays was one of the latter, as he let up five runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings. He gave up home runs to Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Danny Jansen and Brandon Drury. The last time Sale gave up multiple home runs was his first outing of the year in Seattle.
The Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Rafael Devers two-run single. They scored again in the fourth on Christian Vazquez‘s 13th home run of the season to make it 3-1. However, they never scored again after that. Jansen’s home run tied the game, and Drury’s gave the Blue Jays the lead for good.
The Jays added one more run in the eighth inning to make the score 6-3, and that was the final. The Red Sox fell to 6-12 in Chris Sale’s starts this year, and while some of that is due to lack of run support, some of it is definitely due to his poor pitching.
The Sox are back to just four games above .500 at 45-41, and since the Yankees won, they are now 11 games back in the division. It is becoming very evident that this team, as it is currently constructed and performing, has almost no chance to compete for the division and may not even get into the wild card game if things don’t change.