The Orioles knew their four-game series against the Chicago White Sox would come down to pitching. The White Sox's vaunted staff is a major reason why they lead the American League Central, and none of their pitchers has been better than left-hander Chris Sale.
The Orioles' advance scouting reports told manager Buck Showalter what he already knew: Sale might be pitching better than anyone else in the American League.
To get to Sale, the O's knew they'd have to attack him — and his deceptive all-arms-and-legs delivery — early.
That's exactly what they did, forcing the 23-year-old into his shortest start of the season in a 6-0 win over the White Sox before an...