SP,RP - DET
Anibal Sanchez to start season in long relief
Anibal Sanchez will open the season in Detroit's bullpen, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Matt Boyd is expected to fill his slot in the rotation.
Sanchez struggled mightily in 2016 and needed a strong showing this Spring if he'd hoped to crack the rotation. Although his 20 Ks and 1.07 WHIP in 19.2 IP looked nice, his 5.03 ERA must have alarmed manager Brad Ausmus. Matt Boyd has pitched excellently this Spring and earned the fifth rotation spot. As long as Sanchez is in long relief, he's useless for fantasy purposes.
Anibal Sanchez Allows Two Homers Against Mets
Sanchez struggled against the Mets on Thursday, allowing four runs on six hits (two home runs) in three IP. He struck out two and walked none.
Both homers, hit by Champ Stuart and Yoenis Cespedes, came in the 3rd inning and accounted for all four runs. Sanchez is competing with the likes of Matt Boyd, Daniel Norris, and Mike Pelfrey for one of the remaining two spots in Detroit's rotation, but outings like this won't instill much confidence in manager Brad Ausmus. The long ball has become a major issue for Sanchez over the last two seasons, having posted a 1.66 HR/9 in 2015 and 1.76 HR/9 in 2016. His salary ($16M) may give him the inside track on the rotation gig, but continued struggles will have him relegated to the bullpen. In that case, Sanchez would be irrelevant for fantasy.
Anibal Sanchez roughed up by Angels
Anibal Sanchez allowed five runs on eight hits over just 5 2/3 innings on Sunday as the Tigers fell, 5-0.
Sanchez drops to 7-13. He's given up 16 runs in his last 23 2/3 innings, including seven shutout innings on August 17th. He's been all over the place of late and should probably be avoided down the stretch.
Anibal Sanchez brilliant versus Royals
The Tigers squandered an outstanding start from Anibal Sanchez on Wednesday, who allowed just one hit and two walks over seven innings, striking out eight.
Aside from getting lit up by the Rangers in his last start, Sanchez has allowed just two runs over three of his last four starts. However, with games like his versus the Rangers last Friday, his lack of consistency isn't worth the price.
Anibal Sanchez excellent versus Mets in no-decision
Tigers SP/RP Anibal Sanchez was outstanding in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Mets. Sanchez struck out ten and allowed only four hits over eight innings before closer Francisco Rodriguez blew the game up in the ninth.
Sanchez has allowed just two runs over his last 14 innings, but we're hesitant to say he's back on track after such a disastrous two-thirds of the season.
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