Chris Sale threw 115 pitches in a dominant performance against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. There were concerns over that pitch total since Sale had been bothered by soreness in his pitching arm earlier in the season. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper has heard the criticism and he does not appreciate it.
"But this pitch count thing, we’re in the American League," Cooper said. "We’re not in Little League. But nevertheless, people that bring up pitch counts are people who have nothing else to really know. And it just blows me away. They’re doing that to say, ‘God forbid if someone goes down, I told you so.’ And these are people that are not in the arena and never really played, so what kind of validity does any of that hold?