Chris Sale is in better position to have a big second half.

Last year, Sale had a 2.37 ERA through July but then scuffled with a 4.09 ERA his final 11 starts. The Red Sox have been careful with their early-season usage of Sale, however, and through the same number of starts as 2017, he’s thrown 11 2/3 fewer innings and 138 fewer pitches.
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The whole plan this year has been recovery, feeling good and staying strong, Sale said after his dominant start on Sunday in which his final pitch of the game was the fastest one he’s thrown in his career. I think we’ve had a good building-up action from spring training up to now.

Freddy Peralta, Milwaukee Brewers (48.7 percent): Overall, I think the jury is still out on exactly how good Peralta will ultimately be at this level, but there’s no denying that a 13.9 K/9 rate and a 0.71 WHIP through four big-league starts is quite impressive. My one concern is that Peralta’s deceptive delivery has been allowed to flourish because he’s allowed so few baserunners. Yet, even in such a small sample size, batters are hitting .300 against him with a runner on first. Can he succeed when he can’t deceive? We shall see.

The 20-year-old Okobo emerged for Pau in the French Pro A League last year, leading the team in scoring and assists, and gave his calling card in last month’s French League playoffs, dropping 44 points against Monaco, one point short of the all-time record. He is not a finished product by any means but a year of interning behind Collison and Joseph would Ron Jaworski Womens Jersey help him make the transition to the NBA quickly, and give Indiana a potential backcourt mate for Victor Oladipo for the next few years.

Once again: the NBA, with one brief exception, has never had competitive balance at any point in its 72-year history. Never. The league’s first great player, George Mikan, anchored the league’s first dynasty, the Minneapolis Lakers, which won five of the league’s first eight championships. The NBA has been, and always will be, a league Nick Bellore Authentic Jersey in which the very best players tend to win championships, and continue to do so through the meat of their careers.

Once again: eight franchises — the Boston Celtics (17 championships), the Lakers (16, in Minnesota and L.A.), the Chicago Bulls (6), the Warriors (6, in Philadelphia and Golden State), the San Antonio Spurs (5), the 76ers (4, in Syracuse and Philadelphia), the Detroit Pistons (3) and Miami Heat (3) — have won 60 of the 72 titles in the history of the league. I wasn’t a math major in college, but my calculator reports that 60 out of 72 is, roughly, 83.3 percent.