On-field numbers and dollar figures put Chris Sale in rare company

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Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is scheduled to pitch Friday night at Yankee Stadium. Despite a two-game losing streak, the White Sox (23-12, .657) have the best record in the American League and the second-best in baseball, behind the Chicago Cubs (25-8, .758).

The White Sox ace has been one of the best pitchers in the AL since he became a starter in 2012 — and he’s making a lot less money than his counterparts atop the league.

This season

Dominant on the mound

Chris Sale this season

AL RankWHIP0.771stIP per game7 1/31stOpp. OPS.4671stERA1.794th

Sale has won his first seven starts this season and is the only pitcher in baseball with seven wins.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, should Sale win Friday, he would be the fourth White Sox pitcher to win his first eight starts, joining Eddie Cicotte (1919), John Whitehead (1935) and Jon Garland (2005), and the third to win his first eight games overall (with Whitehead and Garland).

Sale’s win total doesn’t tell the whole story.

Sale is one of five AL pitchers with an ERA below …

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