How Chris Sale can make MLB history in Friday's start vs. Astros

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

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Don't let the 1-5 record and 4.31 ERA fool you: Chris Sale has been absolutely dominant over the last three weeks.

In fact, the Boston Red Sox ace has the chance to make history Friday night in Houston.

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Sale enters Friday's start against the Astros on a crazy streak: He's recorded ten or more strikeouts and allowed four or fewer hits in four consecutive starts dating to May 3.

If he extends that streak to five, he'll pass Pedro Martinez in the Red Sox record books and tie Johan Santana in the MLB record books.

Milestones were the last thing on Sale's mind in April, when he stumbled to an 0-5 record with a 6.30 ERA through his first six outings.

He's been absolutely lights-out in May, though, averaging a mind-boggling 17.4 strikeouts per nine innings (51 Ks in 26.1 innings) while allowing three runs or fewer in all four of his starts.

Believe it or not, the 30-year-old has room for improvement, as he walked a season-high five batters in his last appearance against Houston on May 19.

First pitch at Minute Maid Park is set for 8:10 p.m. ET, with history on the line for Sale as he continues his May redemption tour.

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