Anibal Sanchez
P DET
18 hours ago

Sanchez said he was disappointed with how he pitched in his Cactus League debut Monday, but remained confident that he'll bounce back Evan Woodbery of MLive Media Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran right-hander's frustration with how he pitched seemed justified considering that he allowed three earned runs and four hits in just one inning of work. However, Sanchez did not sound overly concerned about being able to straighten things out prior to the start of the regular season. While it's tough to take much away from a poor outing this early in spring training, Sanchez will obviously need to improve his effectiveness in future appearances this March in order to have a shot at cracking Detroit's starting rotation.

Anibal Sanchez
P DET
2 weeks ago

Sanchez said he's not feeling any of the shoulder soreness that plagued him during spring training a year ago, The Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

"I feel better than I have in a few years," he said. Sanchez has struggled the last two seasons, posting a 4.99 ERA in 2015 and a 5.87 ERA in 2016. That has the veteran behind Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd for the last two rotation spots at this point, but perhaps improved health will allow Sanchez to make a strong case during spring training.

Anibal Sanchez
P DET
1 month ago

Sanchez will compete for a starting role in spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander struggled throughout 2016, failing to bring his ERA below 4.08 in any month of the season. Those struggles resulted in some yo-yoing between the rotation and the bullpen -- he'd be demoted to relief only to return to a starting role out of necessity. Sanchez's walk and HR/9 rates have gotten progressively worse in recent years, and it's difficult to imagine he will suddenly reverse those trends in his age-33 season. Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Mike Pelfrey will be in the mix for rotation spots as well.

Anibal Sanchez
P DET
5 months ago

Sanchez appeared in long relief Sunday against the Royals and allowed four hits including two home runs in 2.0 innings of work. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

Long balls continue to scar Sanchez's season and his value overall. This season has been his worst with a 1.76 HR/9 rating and his velocity is dropping -- his once 93 mph fastball now sits at 91.1 mph. At 32, Sanchez's game appears to be in decline and he will need to adjust his approach to successfully earn a rotation spot in 2017.

Anibal Sanchez
P DET
5 months ago

Sanchez logged five innings Thursday in Game 1 of the Tigers' doubleheader, allowing just one run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He didn't factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

He did allow one home run -- the major flaw throughout his career -- but half of the batted-balls he yielded were grounders. Buck Farmer had taken Sanchez's rotation spot Wednesday, but maybe this will help the veteran work back into Detroit's good graces. With such little time left in the regular season, however, that may not matter much to many fantasy players. Despite an impressive 8.06 K/9 and 1.84 BB/9 after the All-Star break, Sanchez holds an atrocious 5.90 ERA on the year. The 32-year-old has one season left on his deal with Detroit yet might not crack the starting five next year.

Anibal Sanchez
P DET
5 months ago

Sanchez will toe the rubber for Game 1 of the doubleheader aginst the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Sanchez's struggles led to a recent demotion to the bullpen but he will get another start before the move. Given that his last outing came as a member of the rotation, he shouldn't have a limited pitch count for the contest.

Anibal Sanchez
P DET
5 months ago

Sanchez will move to the Tigers' bullpen as of Tuesday, MLive's Evan Woodberry reports.

EDGE Analysis

Buck Farmer will take Sanchez's rotation spot Wednesday, and while Farmer is not guaranteed of keeping that spot over the final two weeks, Sanchez will be available in relief. There is one year and $16.8 million remaining on Sanchez's contract, along with a $5 million buyout for 2018, so it will be interesting to see how he is used in 2017 with several young hurlers looking like better options in the rotation going forward.

Anibal Sanchez
P DET
5 months ago

Sanchez pitched four innings, allowing six runs on five hits and two walks while striking out seven in a no-decision Wednesday versus the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Sanchez logged three perfect innings until Dozier belted the first pitch of the fourth for his 41st home run. Minnesota's next three hitters reached base and scored, three on a Kurt Suzuki home run. Over his last five starts, Sanchez has allowed 17 runs over 26.2 innings (5.74 ERA). Overall, the veteran right-hander has been better during the second half of 2016 (4.81 ERA) than prior to the break (6.75 ERA), but that isn't saying much. Sanchez's fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues.

Anibal Sanchez
P DET
6 months ago

Sanchez tossed five innings of three-run ball against the White Sox on Tuesday, giving up eight hits and a walk while striking out three and receiving a no-decision.

EDGE Analysis

Sanchez kept the Tigers in contention Wednesday, and left the game after five innings with the score tied 3-3. He had thrown just 84 pitches, consistent with the way the Tigers have handled him this season, as Sanchez hasn't thrown more than 100 pitches since early May. Sanchez now has a 5.69 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 24 starts on the year, having spent some time in the bullpen as well. At 7-13, he'll look to pick up his eighth win against the Twins on Tuesday.

Anibal Sanchez
P DET
6 months ago

Sanchez allowed three runs (none earned) on five hits, struck out four and walked one over five innings in a no-decision versus the Tigers on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander allowed three runs, but they were all unearned after a Miguel Cabrera error jump started the Royals third inning. Although Sanchez still left with a lead, he didn't get the win because Kansas City rallied to take the lead in the eighth only to then see the Tigers win it in the ninth. Sanchez is 7-13 with a 5.70 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 118 strikeouts in 137.1 innings this year.