How Chris Sale’s 17-Strikeout Performance Exposed Red Sox’s One Real Flaw

Chris Sale never was a real problem. Neither was the Boston Red Sox’s offense.

The bullpen, well, that’s a different story.

There were a bunch of reasons why the defending World Series champions started the season slow, stumbling to an 11-17 record before winning 11 of their next 13 games to surpass the .500 mark and pull to within an earshot of the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees in the American League East. Most of them proved fixable, as Sale has returned to being a...


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