Red Sox ace Chris Sale on early season struggles: 'I just flat-out stink'April 17, 2019 5:20pm

Red Sox ace Chris Sale didn't hold back when talking about his performance so far this season, calling it "flat-out embarrassing." 

Sale's comments came after Boston fell Tuesday to the Yankees 8-0. His season ERA dropped to 8.50 as he suffered his fourth loss of the year, which matches his total for the entire 2018 season.

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“I’ve got to find a way to pitch better,” Sale told reporters, via the New York Post. “This is flat-out embarrassing. For my family, for my team, for our fans. This is as bad as it gets.

"I'm supposed to pitch into the sixth, seventh, eighth inning, finish games and stuff like that, save our bullpen, cut it off when we're losing and keep winning streaks going. That's not who I've been."

Sale called his start this season one of the worst of his 10-year MLB career.

“It’s as frustrated as I’ve ever been on a baseball field,” Sale said. “It sucks. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. I flat-out stink right now. I don’t know what it is. When you’re going good, it’s good. When you’re going bad, it’s pretty bad.”

Manager Alex Cora, however, didn't seem too concerned about Sale's performance. He was optimistic Sale would return to form sooner rather than later.

"I don't want to say it's a work in progress, because we're not here to build up," Cora said. "I'm not going to be surprised if, in his next outing, he's right where we need him to be. ... He's very close to the 'real' Chris Sale."

The defending World Series champion Red Sox are now last in the AL East with a 6-12 record, and will face the Yankees again Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. ET.

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