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Anibal Sanchez shuts down Marlins, wins AL ERA crown

Sep 28, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

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In what was otherwise a meaningless tuneup for the Tigers, Anibal Sanchez entered Saturday’s start against the Marlins with the slightest of all leads for the AL ERA crown: 2.64 to Bartolo Colon‘s 2.65 mark. The margin is a little wider now: Sanchez threw five scoreless innings and struck out eight in a brisk 66-pitch start, lowering his ERA to 2.57.

Since neither Colon nor Hisashi Iwakuma, who is at 2.66, will pitch again, Sanchez’s ERA crown is assured. He also topped 200 strikeouts on the night to finish with 202 in 182 innings for the season. Unfortunately, the Tigers blew the one-run lead they had when Sanchez exited tonight, denying him his 15th win to go along with eight losses.

That’s still quite a year for a guy who entered with a lifetime 48-51 record and a 3.75 ERA in seven seasons, 6 1/2 of them with the Marlins. After being acquired from Miami at the 2012 trade deadline, he re-signed with the Tigers for $80 million over five years last winter, spurning the Cubs in the process.

Even with the ERA title, Sanchez may not start until the third game of the postseason for the Tigers. Still, the team should be feeling pretty good about him, particularly after he posted a 1.77 ERA in three October starts last year.

  1. tigers182 - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    But what’s his WAR?! I have to know how he compares to a made up player, based off a made up stat, to know if he’s any good!!!!

    • nbjays - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Forget WAR, I want to know about the most important stats: his Will to Win, his Grit factor and his Intangibles.

      • Jake Watroba - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        His TWTW is through the roof.

    • Reflex - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Before today’s start his WAR was 6, just behind Max Scherzer’s 6.6. Pretty impressive given how many fewer innings Sanchez threw.

  2. johnnysoda - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Detroit’s got the league leader in wins and ERA…and there’s a chance neither of them will start game 1. That would be absurd.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      I know, right, but there’s no way they’ll start V third (or second).

  3. historiophiliac - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Well, so much for the win part…

  4. Old Gator - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Yes, and Tiggers fans should be concerned at Benoit’s meltdown this past week. All of a sudden, he’s hittable and wild in and out of the strike zone. When he came in tonight I figgered he would go through the Feesh like a hot sawmill blade through a stick of room temperature butter. Ah well.

    Meanwhile, it was kinda karmic to watch Anibal in that Tiggers uniform tonight – especially with the fiasco in the Feesh front orifice going on, the Chihuhua apparently mouldering in his car at the bottom of a pond somewhere in Oklahoma, Scrooge McLoria throwing money mindlessly at a scrubbeenie after eviscerating the team of any really solid veterans….and a guy they treated like he had psoriasis when he was here making them look like castratos all night.

    On the bright side, though, I’ve just made a batch of my world famous honey/red wine cucumber salad, which will be crisp and cold by the time the sun comes up.

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    And the Marlins win! Eat a dick gator! I know it kills you every time the fish win

    • Old Gator - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:19 AM

      Stay classy, jimmythemarlinsfool.

      Only kidding.

      Then again, even if you weren’t so laughably sententious, they win so infrequently that the wounds are superficial. Much like your posts.

    • historiophiliac - Sep 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Dude, forget your anti-gay BS.

  6. proudlycanadian - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Buchholz had the lowest ERA in the AL by a wide margin. The only reason he is not being credited with the ERA title is because he missed a lot of time due to an injury.

    • dlhouse18 - Sep 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      I feel the same way about Louis Coleman. 0.61 ERA is much lower than 2.57. Who cares about how many innings he pitched?

      • rodtorfelson - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Then why not give the ERA to Francisley Bueno of the Royals, who has a 0.00 ERA? He’s only pitched 8.1 innings, but those don’t matter.

  7. weaselpuppy - Sep 30, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Someone needs to look up the last starting staff that had

    3 starters with 200 Ks+
    5 Starters with 13 wins

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