CLEVELAND — After giving up nearly as many runs in two starts against the Indians as he did in 10 June and July appearances, Red Sox lefty Chris Sale is putting things into the hands of the law to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
A couple of hours after getting tagged for seven earned runs in just three innings Thursday, Sale, whose ERA sits at 14.63 against the Tribe and 2.32 against all other teams, told reporters after the series finale that he plans to file a restraining order to ensure the Indians can’t legally light him up again.
“I’m not in the same division as them anymore, but just being in the same league as Cleveland might tank my Cy Young chances,” the former White Sox ace said. “And not only personal achievements, but we have a World Series to win and might not get past the first round if these guys are in the batter’s box.”
It’s not clear at this time what would happen in the likely American League Division Series rematch between the two teams, but a legal analyst told Cleveland Mocks that an arbitrator would likely work out an agreement in which Sale allows between two to four runs.
Murmurs out of the Indians clubhouse suggested that the team might file a counter-order against Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland, who has looked like Jim Thome against the Tribe this season.