White Sox pitcher Chris Sale. (Getty Images)
The AL Pitcher of the Month for May has already begun an impressive campaign for AL Pitcher of the Month for June.
Pitcher Chris Sale turned in a complete game in the White Sox's 4-2 win over Seattle on Sunday, the same day he was given the AL pitching honor.
"He's a good pitcher. He's just young and continues to get better," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's got a lot of great pitches."
He threw a lot of those great pitches Sunday. Sale struck out eight Marines, allowed just five hits and lowered his earned-run average to 2.29. The win atU.S. Cellular Fieldwas his seventh of the season—and fourth straight.
In earning the May pitching award, Sale was 4-1 with a league-leading 1.71 ERA and a third-best opponents batting average of .181.
His performance put his controversial move to the bullpen for one appearance at the beginning of the month solidly in the rear-view mirror. At the time, he was suffering from shoulder tenderness.
That's behind him now, and he praised the Sox's training staff for keeping his arm healthy.
"Everybody involved is very prepared for this and I appreciate it a lot, because they take time out of their day to (help me)," he said. "Between them and watching teammates in here, it's been a fun process because without all those guys don't think I'd be able to (get through) it."