Married Brianne … has one child: Rylan … along with teammate Addison Reed, visited the MLB Fan Cave in June 2012 … attended Florida Gulf Coast University … named the 2010 National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, the Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation's best amateur player … named First-Team All-American … went 11-0 with a 2.01 ERA (23 ER/103.0 IP), 14 walks and 146 strikeouts in 17 games (15 starts) with the Eagles in 2010 … ranked fourth among Division I pitchers in strikeouts, eighth in ERA and 13th in wins … was named by Baseball America as the No.1 Prospect in the 2009 Cape Cod League after going 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA (9 ER/55.0 IP) and 57 strikeouts for Yarmouth-Dennis … selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 21st round in 2007, but did not sign … graduated from Lakeland (Fla.) High School.
Recorded an American League-best and franchise-record 274 strikeouts, breaking the previous mark of 269 set by Hallof-Famer Ed Walsh in 1908 … set the new Sox record in just 208.2 IP, compared to 464.0 for Walsh. ... Walsh's 107-year old franchise record was the longest standing strikeout mark among existing franchises in the modern era (1901-) and was tied with Rube Waddell (1908 St. Louis Browns) for the third-oldest strikeout mark in combined franchise history, trailing only Christy Mathewson (1903 Giants) and Waddell (1904 Athletics). His 274 strikeouts were the third-highest total by a majorleague left-hander since 2004, trailing Clayton Kershaw (301 in 2015) and Randy Johnson (290 in 2004). n Became the first pitcher since Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez in 2002 to lead the AL in both strikeouts and strikeout-towalk ratio (6.52). ... Struck out 200-plus batters for the third consecutive season, joining Walsh (1910-12) as the only pitchers in Sox history to accomplish the feat … recorded 200.0-plus IP and 30-plus starts for the second time in his career (also 2013). n His average of 11.92 strikeouts per 9.0 IP set a Sox record and was the highest in the majors since Johnson's 13.41 mark in 2001 … his 6.51 strikeout-to-walk ratio (274 SO/42 BB) broke his own club record of 5.33 set in 2014. ... Led the AL with an average of 107.2 pitches per start and ranked among the leaders in numerous other categories. ... Struck out 10-plus batters 13 times, breaking his own franchise record of eight set in 2014 … became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2004 to record double-digit strikeouts 13 times in one season (STATS). ... Was named to his fourth straight ALAll-Star Team after going 8-4 with a 2.72 ERA (39 ER/119.1 IP) and 157 strikeouts in 17 starts before the break … his 157 strikeouts were a club first-half record, breaking the mark of 143 set by Wilbur Wood in 1973. ... Joined LHP Billy Pierce (1955-59) as the only pitchers in White Sox history to make at least four straight All-Star Teams … did not pitch in the Midsummer Classic at Cincinnati. ... Went 5-7 with a 4.33 ERA (43 ER/89.1 IP) and 117 strikeouts in 14 starts after the break. ... Was 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA (4 ER/30.0 IP), 48 strikeouts and 16 hits allowed in four interleague starts, upping his career record to 6-0 with a 1.87 ERA (19 ER/91.2 IP) and 120 strikeouts in 19 games (11 starts) vs. the National League. ... Sox went 16-15 in his starts … 23 of his 31 starts (74.2 percent) were quality … lasted at least 7.0 IP 20 times. ... Left-handers batted .250 (32-128), up from his .165 average in 2014 and his career mark of .194 entering the season. ... Went 1-4 with a 7.36 ERA (27 ER/33.0 IP) and .319 (46-144) opponents average in six starts vs. Minnesota, compared to 12-7 with a 2.66 ERA (52 ER/175.2 IP) and .214 (139-650) opponents average vs. the rest of baseball. ... Missed spring training and began the season on the disabled list with an avulsion fracture of his right foot suffered on 2/27 … was reinstated on 4/12 and made his debut that day vs. Minnesota, allowing one run with eight strikeouts over 6.0 IP. ... Went 2-1 with a 5.93 ERA (18 ER/27.1 IP) over his first five starts and 6-3 with a 1.76 ERA (18 ER/92.0 IP) and 131 strikeouts over his next 12 starts leading into the All-Star Break. ... Was suspended five games by Major League Baseball for his role in a benches-clearing altercation on 4/23 vs. Kansas City (served from 5/7-11) … his two strikeouts against the Royals were his lowest total in 88 career starts. ... Allowed a career-high nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits over 3.0 IP on 4/30 at Minnesota, the shortest non rain-shortened start of his career. ... Recorded the first of his club-record 13 double-digit strikeout games on 5/12 at Milwaukee, fanning 11 over 8.0 IP … posted a no decision on 5/18 vs. Cleveland despite allowing just one run on four hits over 8.0 IP. ... Struck out 10-plus batters in eight straight starts from 5/23- 6/30, tied with Pedro Martinez (8/19-9/27/99 with Boston) for the longest streak in major-league history (Elias) … fanned 12-plus batters in five straight starts from 5/28-6/19, joining Martinez and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to accomplish that feat. ... Recorded three straight starts of 12-plus strikeouts with one or no runs allowed from 5/28-6/8, joining Hall-of-Famer Sandy Koufax as the only major-league pitchers since 1900 to accomplish that feat (Elias). ... Became the first pitcher since 1900 to record 10-plus strikeouts in four straight starts (5/23-6/8) while increasing his total in each outing (Elias). Struck out at least one batter in 38 straight innings from 5/28- 6/24, the longest streak in the majors since Johan Santana (39) in 2002 (Elias). ... Threw 100-plus pitches in 15 straight starts from 5/6-7/25 … threw 22.2 straight scoreless IP from 5/23-6/8, the secondlongest streak of his career (28.0, 5/6-6/2/13). ... Struck out 12-plus batters with no runs allowed in back-toback starts on 5/28-1 at Baltimore and 6/3 at Texas … joined Chan Ho Park (2000), Hideo Nomo (1995), Roger Clemens (1987), Nolan Ryan (1978) and Sandy Koufax (1965) as the only pitchers since 1965 to accomplish that feat. ... Recorded his fifth career game with no walks and 10 or more strikeouts on 5/28-1 at Batimore. ... Was named AL Pitcher of the Month for June after going 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA (9 ER/44.1 IP) and 75 strikeouts in six starts … it was his second career monthly honor (May 2012). ... His 75 strikeouts broke Juan Pizarro's franchise monthly record of 61 set in August 1961 and were the most in the major leagues since Nolan Ryan set the modern-day record of 87 with California in June 1977. ... Sale, Sandy Koufax (76 in May 1965), Sam McDowell (76 in May 1968) and Ryan (five different months) are the only pitchers in the last 100 years to record 75-plus strikeouts in a single month (STATS LLC). ... His average of 15.23 strikeouts per 9.0 IP was the thirdhighest monthly total in major-league history behind Hall-ofFamer Randy Johnson (15.79 in July 2001) and Kerry Wood (15.43 in May 1998). ... Earned his 50th career victory on 6/8 vs. Houston, allowing one run with 14 strikeouts over 8.0 IP. Posted a no decision on 6/19 vs. Texas despite allowing just two singles with no walks and 14 strikeouts over 8.0 scoreless IP … recorded the 34th game in major-league history and first in White Sox history with 14 or more strikeouts and no walks … retired the first 17 batters. The Sox became the fourth team in major-league history to lose a game despite having a starting pitcher throw 8.0-plus scoreless IP with 14 or more strikeouts (Elias). Struck out 10 batters in a loss on 6/24 at Minnesota, the seventh time since 2012 that he has struck out 10 or more batters in a losing effort. ... Posted a no decision on 6/30 at St. Louis despite allowing one run on six hits with 12 strikeouts over 8.0 IP in his 100th career start … collected his only career hit in the third inning, a single off Lance Lynn. ... Went 46-30 with a 2.81 ERA (213 ER/682.2 IP) and 766 strikeouts through his first 100 career starts (Elias) … his 766 strikeouts were the most in major-league history by a pitcher through his first 100 starts, ahead of Tim Lincecum (755) and Dwight Gooden (749) … according to STATS LLC, his 2.81 ERA was the third-best mark in Sox history after 100 starts behind Red Faber (2.25) and Gary Peters (2.61). ... Registered his eighth career complete game on 7/6 vs. Toronto … pitching opposite Mark Buehrle, who also went the distance, the game lasted 1:54, the fastest in the majors since Kansas City at Tampa Bay on 8/9/11 (1:53). ... Struck out a franchise-record 29 batters in back-to-back starts on 8/21-26, fanning 14 on 8/21 at Seattle after matching his career high with 15 on 8/16 vs. the Cubs. ... Became the fifth left-hander in major-league history to record at least 15 strikeouts with one or no hits allowed on 8/16 vs. the Cubs, joining Randy Johnson (four), Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester and Warren Spahn (one each). ... Lost four consecutive starts from 9/7-24, posting a 4.88 ERA (13 ER/24.0 IP). ... Recorded his 1,000th career strikeout (Chris Young) in the fourth inning on 9/24 at New York-AL, becoming the fifth-fastest pitcher (872.0 IP) in major-league history to reach that milestone … only Billy Wagner (757.2 IP), Octavio Dotel (820.1), Francisco Rodriguez (827.1) and Kerry Wood (853.0) reached 1,000 strikeouts in fewer IP than Sale (Elias). Ended his four-game losing streak in his final start on 10/2 vs. Detroit (1 ER/7.0 IP) … recorded his 270th strikeout (James McCann) in the second inning to break Walsh's 107-year-old club record.
Was a finalist for both the American League Cy Young Award and the Players Choice AL Outstanding Pitcher...Finished third in the Cy Young voting (78 points) behind Cleveland's Corey Kluber (169) and Seattle's Felix Hernandez (159)...Narrowly missed becoming the first White Sox pitcher to lead the AL in ERA since Joel Horlen in 1967, finishing .03 behind Hernandez...His 2.17 ERA was the lowest by a Sox pitcher since Wilbur Wood (1.91) in 1971 and the lowest by an AL lefty since Ron Guidry (1.74) in 1978...Ranked among the AL leaders in almost every category (see box at right) despite missing a month of the season with a flexor muscle strain in his left elbow...Held opponents to a .205 average, the eighth-lowest mark in White Sox history and best since Gary Peters (.199) in 1967...Struck out 208 batters, joining Ed Walsh (1907-08, '10-12), Tom Bradley (1971-72) and Javier Vazquez (2007-08) as the only pitchers in franchise history to record 200 in back-to-back seasons … his 208 strikeouts set a franchise-record by a White Sox pitcher through 26 starts of a season, seven more than the mark he set in 2013 (STATS LLC)...Set franchise records with 10.76 strikeouts per 9.0 IP and a 5.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio, breaking the club marks of 9.49 and 4.91 he set in 2013...Was named to his third straight ALAll-Star Team via the Final Vote after going 8-1 with a 2.08 ERA (22 ER/95.0 IP) and 102 strikeouts before the break … became the first Sox pitcher to accomplish the feat since Jack McDowell from 1991-93...Recorded a franchise-record eight double-digit strikeout games, tied with Max Scherzer for third-most in the majors...Fanned 12-plus batters a major-league high four times, with a season best of 13...Limited left-handers to a .165 (20-121) average with two extra-base hits (both doubles), the second-lowest mark among AL starters behind Kansas City's Danny Duffy (.137)...Also ranked second in the AL behind Duffy in opponents OBP (.211), slugging (.182) and OPS (.393)...Went 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA (16 ER/74.2 IP) in 11 starts on the road … his 1.93 road ERA would have ranked fourth in the major leagues with the minimum IP...Was 9-3 with a 2.36 ERA (29 ER/99.1 IP), 129 strikeouts and two complete games in 15 starts at U.S. Cellular Field...Went 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA (4 ER/23.0 IP) and 28 strikeouts in three starts during interleague play, including a 1-0 record with a 1.93 ERA (3 ER/14.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts in two starts against the World Champion San Francisco Giants....Went 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA (9 ER/45.2 IP) and 50 strikeouts in seven starts vs. the AL East, including a 0.00 ERA (12.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts against the Yankees...Was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP) and 33 strikeouts in three starts vs. Detroit, fanning 10 or more in all three starts...Limited opponents to a .152 (31-204) average through his first nine starts, the lowest mark by an AL pitcher since 1971, when Oakland's Vida Blue also held the opposition to a .152 mark...His 80.8 (21-26) quality start percentage ranked fifth in the major leagues and fourth in White Sox history...Sox went 15-11 in his starts … five of his 10 no decisions resulted in starts when he left with the lead … went 5-0 with eight ND when pitching after a Sox loss … gave up five hits or less in 16 of his 26 starts … opponents were 4-8 (50.0) in stolen-base attempts … received 4.40 runs of support per 9.0 IP, up from 3.19 in 2013...Carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning in six straight starts from 4/17-6/12, including into the sixth on 4/17 vs. Boston and 5/22 vs. Yankees...Made his second straight Opening Day start on 3/31 vs. Kansas City (3 ER/7.1 IP) … threw 8.0 scoreless IP in his next start on 4/6 at Kansas City...Allowed one hit with 10 strikeouts in back-to-back starts on 4/17 vs. Boston and 5/22 vs. the Yankees, joining R.A. Dickey (6/13-18/12) as the only pitchers in the modern era to accomplish that feat (Elias)...Was on the disabled list for the first time in his career from 4/18-5/21 with a flexor muscle strain in his left arm … made one rehab start for Class AAA Charlotte on 5/16-1 at Durham, allowing one hit with 11 strikeouts over 4.0 scoreless IP...Went the distance for the sixth time in his career on 6/1 vs. San Diego (28 batters faced) … carried a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning on 6/7 at the Angels before giving up five runs without recording an out, including a grand slam to Mike Trout...Suffered his first loss on 6/12 vs. Detroit (1 ER/7.0 IP)...Did not issue a walk and struck out 10...Allowed a career-high 11 hits over 6.0 IP on 6/23 at Baltimore....Posted a 0.85 ERA (3 ER/31.2 IP) in July, the fifth-lowest by a Sox pitcher in that month since at least 1914...Recorded his seventh career complete game on 7/4 vs. Seattle and his fourth career start with no walks and 10-plus strikeouts...Gave up one run in back-to-back starts on 7/9 at Boston (7.2 IP) and 7/21 vs. Kansas City (7.0 IP) … threw 8.0 scoreless IP with no walks and 12 strikeouts on 7/26 at Minnesota...His 56 strikeouts in August tied San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner for the major-league lead and tied Javier Vazquez (9/07) for the sixth-highest monthly total in franchise history..Posted a ND on 8/12 at San Francisco despite throwing 8.0 scoreless IP...Struck out a season-high 13 on 8/30-1 vs. Detroit...Fanned 10-plus batters for the 17th time in 81 career starts, tying the club record set by Ed Walsh, who reached the mark in his 288th start...Earned his 12th and final victory on 9/11 vs. Oakland, allowing just two singles over 8.0 scoreless IP...Struck out 10 batters over 6.0 IP on 9/24 at Detroit (ND).
Was named to his second consecutive American League All-Star Team (chosen by manager Jim Leyland) in his second season as a starter … established single-season franchise records in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (9.49) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.91) … his 226 strikeouts ranked third in the AL and were the highest total by a lefty in White Sox history … became the eighth Sox pitcher (third lefty) to strike out 200-plus batters in a season … recorded 12 or more strikeouts four times to up his career total to six, tied with Juan Pizarro and Ed Walsh for the most in Sox history … became the eighth Sox pitcher (15th time) to reach 200.0 IP and 200 strikeouts in a season and first since Javier Vazquez in 2007-08 … became the fastest pitcher in franchise history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season (193.2 IP and 27 starts) and 500 career strikeouts (472.1 IP) … his four complete games were the most by a Chicago lefty since Mark Buehrle in 2004 (also four) … received a 3.19 run support average (76 RS), the third-lowest mark in the majors … posted a 2.97 ERA at U.S. Cellular Field (40 ER/121.1 IP), the 10th-lowest mark in the AL … his .215 opponent average (95-441) at home ranked sixth … recorded a major-league best 0.87 ERA (3 ER/31.0 IP) in May … left-handers hit just .135 (20-148) with three-extra base hits (no home runs), the third-lowest average in the major-leagues behind Boston's Koji Uehara and Pittsburgh's Francisco Liriano … opponents hit just .213 (94-442) in the first half … averaged 108.3 pitches per start … worked at least 7.0 IP 23 times, going 10-8 with a 2.14 ERA (42 ER/176.1 IP) and a 3.42 RSA (67 RS) in those outings … compiled a 28.0 scoreless IP streak from 5/6-6/2, the 11th-longest streak in franchise history and longest since Wilson Alvarez went 31.0 scoreless 9/11-27/93 … earned the victory in his first Opening Day start on 4/1 vs. Kansas City, throwing 7.2 scoreless IP … surrendered eight runs in a loss on 4/13 at Cleveland … went 4-0 with a 1.18 ERA (5 ER/38.0 IP) in five starts from 4/25-5/17 … allowed two earned runs or less over 6.0-plus IP in seven consecutive starts from 4/18-6/2, the longest streak by a Sox pitcher since Gavin Floyd also went seven from 6/8-7/10/10 … recorded his first career shutout and second complete game on 5/12 vs. Los Angeles-AL, allowing just one hit while facing 28 batters … retired the first 19 batters faced, did not issue a walk and went to a three-ball count once … the shutout was the first of his career and second complete game … it was the 63rd one-hitter in Sox history and first since Zach Stewart on 9/5/11 at Minnesota … according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the 12th pitcher in White Sox history to throw a shutout while allowing one hit with no walks or hit batters, and just the sixth since 1958 to equal those numbers when facing 27 or 28 batters … joined St. Louis' Shelby Miller, Boston's Jon Lester and New York-NL's Matt Harvey as pitchers in May who worked 9.0 scoreless IP and allowed no more than one batter to reach base safely … it was the first time in the modern era (since 1900) that four pitchers have accomplished the feat in a single month … threw 7.2 scoreless IP in his next start on 5/17 at the Angels, allowing three hits with 12 strikeouts to extend his winning streak to four games … improved to 10-0 lifetime vs. the AL West, joining Dock Ellis (1976-77) as the only pitchers in baseball history to win their first 10 decisions vs. the division (STATS LLC) … was scratched from his scheduled start on 5/22 vs. Boston due to tendinitis in his left posterior shoulder … suffered a career-high, six game losing streak from 6/2-7/6 (seven starts) despite recording a 3.10 ERA (17 ER/49.1 IP) … received a 1.64 RSA (9 RS) during the streak … the 3.10 ERA was the lowest by a White Sox pitcher during a losing streak of six-plus games since Charlie Robertson in 1923 (six games, 2.64 ERA) … the last pitcher in baseball to reach those marks was Orel Hershiser in 1989 (seven straight losses, 2.29 ERA) … suffered the loss on 6/14 at Houston despite throwing his third career complete game, allowing one unearned run with 14 strikeouts over 8.0 IP … became just the third pitcher in the last 100 years to lose a game while striking out 14-plus and surrendering zero earned runs, joining the White Sox Jim Scott (6/22/1913) and Cleveland's Sam McDowell (7/6/68) … the 14 strikeouts tied for the seventh-highest total in franchise history and were the second-most of his career (15 on 5/28/12 at Tampa Bay) … recorded 13 strikeouts over 8.0 IP in a no decision on 6/25 vs. the Mets … became the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2004 to make two starts of 8.0-plus IP with 13-plus strikeouts without earning a win … snapped his losing streak on 7/11 at Detroit (3 ER/6.2 IP) … earned the victory for the AL at the 84th All-Star game on 7/16 at Citi Field … worked 2.0 scoreless IP with two strikeouts (Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki) … the victory was the seventh by a White Sox pitcher in the All-Star Game, the most among AL franchises and the second-most in baseball (San Francisco, 8) … surrendered just two earned runs over 8.0 IP in a loss on 7/22 vs. Detroit … the loss was his third of the season when working at least 8.0 IP … suffered the loss on 7/27 vs. Kansas City (1 ER) despite throwing his fourth career complete game … allowed two earned runs in a complete game victory on 8/12 vs. Detroit … matched his career high by allowing eight earned runs over 7.0 IP on 8/23 vs. Texas (also 4/13/13 at Cleveland) … registered his sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season on 8/28 vs. Houston, allowing one run with 12 strikeouts over 8.0 IP … recorded 12-plus strikeouts for the sixth time in his career, tying Pizarro and Ed Walsh for the club record … earned his final win on 9/9 vs. Detroit (1 ER/8.0 IP) … was charged with the loss in his 30th and final start on 9/27 vs. Kansas City … agreed to terms on a five-year, $32.5-million contract on 3/7, including club options for 2018 and 2019...T1st in complete games (4); 2nd in SO/BB ratio (4.91); 3rd in strikeouts (226) and WHIP (1.07); T4th in quality starts (23); 5th in baserunners per 9.0 IP (10.25); T5th in IP (214.1); 6th in strikeouts per 9.0 IP (9.49); 7th in ERA (3.07) and opponents average (.230).