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What’s it like to face Chris Sale?

Hitters offer groans and expletives when asked about facing Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale. For most, the experience is a distinctly unpleasant one, with several factors at work as Sale is mowing his way through a lineup.

His delivery, his release point, his arsenal of pitches, and the trajectory of his pitches all combine to keep hitters off-balance, unsure, and often headed right back to the dugout. Sometimes he even makes them look foolish.