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Anibal Sanchez takes another licking

Aug 13, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

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The Tigers struck gold in acquiring Doug Fister from the Mariners last summer. Their big pickup this July, Anibal Sanchez, isn’t working out so well.

Sanchez gave up five runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings Monday to take a loss to the Twins. He was hit in the leg by a comebacker in the first inning, but that didn’t seem to have a lasting impact. Sanchez is 1-3 with a 7.97 ERA since arriving from Miami last month. His lone win in the span came against an Indians team that was on its way to losing 11 games in a row.

Sanchez has been eaten alive by the BABIP gods in his four starts for the Tigers, allowing 35 hits in 20 1/3 innings of work. That’s not to say it’s all singles and doubles doing him in, though; he’s given up five homers. His strikeout rate is also well down, with a 13/8 K/BB ratio to date. He had a 110/33 K/BB ratio in 121 innings for the Marlins.

Perhaps Sanchez has simply been too amped since the trade. He averaged 91.3 mph with his fastball for Miami this year, but he jumped to 92.5 mph in his first three starts for the Tigers. That’d seem to be a good thing under normal circumstances, but he’s also throwing his slider and changeup harder, which might mean they’re not breaking as much as usual.

At least it suggests that his arm is sound, which should mean that Sanchez will turn it around soon. With a nice finish, he’d head into the winter regarded as the No. 2 or No. 3 free agent starter available behind Zack Greinke, putting him in position to land a big contract.

  1. riverace19 - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Greinke and Sanchez (and AJ Burnett on the other side) are showing just how much better the American League is.
    I don’t think it’s even close.

    • pdowdy83 - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

      Yes, the American League is sooooo much better that they’ve won 3 out of the last 4 world series…oh wait? That was the NL you say?

    • Old Gator - Aug 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Anibal was traded from the Feesh in psychically damaged condition and is still pitching without an extension. What the hell did you expect?

  2. delchef9 - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    So glad I passed on this smack-ass for my fantasy team!!!

  3. captainmcallister - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    The Twins got lucky this series in that they get Sanchez and don’t have to face Verlander. As good as Fister has been, the Twins have beat him twice this year.

  4. henryd3rd - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Another reason for American League teams to avoid trading for National League pitchers. The Ryan Dumpster, Roy Oswalts and the Anabal Sanchez of the National League never do well. Now there are a couple of exceptions to that rule. Especially if he’s named Carsten Charles “CC” Sabathia.

    Paging Mr. Oswalt. Would you please pick up the bullpen phone. We have a call fro you from a Mr. Ronald Washington.

    • frank433 - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      To do remember that CC was pretty good in the AL with the Indians, don’t you?
      Or is that all forgotten by his half season in the NL?

  5. winger77 - Aug 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    NL pitching bad you say? i seem to remember all those big scary AL bats getting shut out not too far back in the all star game. i know, all star game results should be taken with a grain of salt. but, given the recent success NL pitchers have had against AL hitters in the series, i wouldn’t say they’re at a disadvantage. that being said, this was likely still not a good trade on the Tiger’s part. gaining a solid full time second baseman was good, but Sanchez isn’t a good enough pitcher that you can justify giving up the organization’s top pitching prospect to get a loaner pitcher who is not on Doug Fister’s level.

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