When the Red Sox take the field Wednesday afternoon, Chris Sale will be looking to accomplish something he hasn't done in a long time: get a home win.
It's been 350 days since Sale last recorded a regular-season victory at Fenway Park, and if he loses or gets a no-decision against the White Sox Wednesday, it would be his 12th consecutive home start without a win, tying a Red Sox record. Five other Red Sox pitchers have gone a dozen straight home starts without recording a victory, the most recent by Eduardo Rodriguez from 2015-17.
Here's the thing about this streak, though. Sale hasn't been bad over that stretch. In fact, he's been very good, turning in only one real dud of a performance while racking up a record of 0-2 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
It should also be noted that this is only a regular-season streak, as Sale beat the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS last season, allowing two runs over 5.1 innings.
So why the bad luck? A combination of factors, from lack of run support, blown saves from the bullpen, and the tail end of the 2018 season, when he was ratcheting up his arm strength after dealing with left shoulder inflammation. He's only been in position for the win three times over this 11-start stretch.
And while it could be argued that this is just another example of how a win-loss record for a starting pitcher is a mostly irrelevant stat, the fact remains that the Sox are just 6-10 in Sale's 16 appearances this season — not exactly what you want from your ace.
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