Chris Sale’s next starts: Who are Red Sox ace’s remaining opponents?

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Mapping out Chris Sale’s remaining starts for the Red Sox originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Chris Sale looked dominant Saturday in his Boston Red Sox return, striking out eight Baltimore Orioles batters and walking zero over five innings of two-run ball.
That’s pretty impressive considering it was Sale’s first major league game in nearly two calendar years after a long rehab from Tommy John surgery.
But it’s worth noting that the Red Sox ace feasted on the worst team in the American League: The 38-78 Orioles rank second-to-last in the AL in runs scored and entered Saturday’s contest with a nine-game losing streak.
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So, we’ll finally see how Sale stacks up against quality competition next time out, right? Not quite. Sale’s next scheduled start is Friday against the Texas Rangers, who own the AL’s second-worst record and are the only AL team that’s scored fewer runs than Baltimore.
That’s a pretty cushy ramp-up for Sale, who will dodge Boston’s series with the rival New York Yankees this week. The 32-year-old could face (somewhat) tougher sledding after Friday, though.
Below is a projection of Sale’s remaining starts in the 2021 regular season. Assuming he pitches every fifth day (or every fifth game if off-days are involved), he should make eight more appearances down the stretch.
Here’s a projection of Chris Sale’s final eight starts in 2021.
Sale has a relatively easy slate to close out 2021: Five of his eight projected starts are at home, and only three of those eight starts are against teams with records above .500.
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