Anibal Sanchez SP DET 5 days ago

Sanchez struck out eight and allowed just one run on one hit and four walks Thursday against the Yankees. He received no decision in the eventual 2-1 loss.

Sure, you could ask for sharper control, but Anibal's fantasy owners have to be thrilled with this outing nonetheless after he was tagged for 14 runs in 9.2 innings over his prior two outings. He's got a good matchup coming up next, as Sanchez will again draw the Twins, whom he held to just three hits over 6.2 innings in his first start of the year.

Anibal Sanchez SP DET 1 week ago

Sanchez has allowed more home runs (five) in his last 9.2 innings than he allowed in 126 innings (four) in 2014.

He was lit up Saturday for a career-high nine earned runs and gave up two homers, including a grand slam. He also gave up three in a loss Monday against the Pirates. He is coming off a spring training where he gave up seven HR in 30 Grapefruit league innings, the highest total of his career. We're not sure what's going on, but his historical stinginess with the long ball (he gave up just nine in 182 innings in 2013) has at least temporarily disappeared. This certainly bears monitoring and depending on your counting categories, you may need to weigh another starting option until he settles down.

Anibal Sanchez SP DET 1 week ago

Sanchez got hammered by the White Sox on Saturday, getting roughed up for nine runs on nine hits and two walks over just 3.1 innings. He struck out two.

Jose Abreu hit a grand slam and Adam LaRoche touched Sanchez up for a three-run shot, accounting for most of the damage off him. After giving up 17 hits and 14 runs over his last two games, Sanchez will look to get on track in his next start at home against the Yankees.

Anibal Sanchez SP DET 2 weeks ago

Sanchez has been moved up a day and will pitch on regular rest Saturday against the White Sox, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The Tigers can work with a four-man rotation this week since they have an off day, which will allow them to buy time for Justin Verlander (triceps) to possibly join the rotation Tuesday. Sanchez gave up five earned runs in his last outing, primarily due to the fact that he gave up three homers in Pittsburgh. Fortunately he will be facing the White Sox in Detroit and not in the Cell, which will make it easier for him to bounce back in his third outing of the year.

Anibal Sanchez SP DET 2 weeks ago

Sanchez struck out nine and did not walk a batter in Monday's start against the Pirates, but he gave up five runs on eight hits -- including three homers -- over 6.1 innings to pick up the loss.

A leadoff home run to Josh Harrison in the bottom of the first opened the scoring for the Pirates, while Sanchez gave up the other two home runs in the seventh inning immediately prior to his exit. Sanchez generated 16 swinging strikes Monday (95 pitches, 68 strikes) and was consistently getting ahead of hitters. Sanchez will make his next start Sunday against the White Sox at Comerica Park.

Anibal Sanchez SP DET 3 weeks ago

Sanchez struck out six and walked two over 6.2 scoreless innings against the Twins on Wednesday to earn the victory in his season debut.

The Tigers put crooked numbers on the board in the third, fourth, and fifth inning Wednesday, opening up a huge lead for Sanchez to work with. He threw 64 of his 101 pitches for strikes Wednesday, and never really faced a major threat from the Minnesota offense. Sanchez will take the ball Monday against the Pirates as part of a two-start week his next time out.

Anibal Sanchez SP DET 3 weeks ago

Sanchez had a rough outing Friday in his last spring training appearance, giving up five runs in the first two innings in an 11-5 loss to the Rays. He did settle down to retire the last 12 batters he faced. He struck out five.

He's ready for the season -- his tempo was just a bit off early in the outing. He's slated to start the Tigers' second game of the season and should deliver solid fantasy numbers as long as he can remain healthy. At 31, he's still waiting to deliver a 200-inning season.

Anibal Sanchez SP DET 2 months ago

Sanchez tossed a pair of scoreless innings against the Orioles in his spring debut Wednesday.

Facing a lineup that was predominantly comprised of Baltimore regulars, Sanchez threw 14 of his 21 pitches for strikes while allowing just one runner to reach base in the outing. Health is the biggest obstacle for Sanchez, who is undoubtedly hoping to reach 200 innings for the first time in his big league career at age-31 this season.

Anibal Sanchez SP DET 2 months ago

Sanchez altered his offseason weight training program after missing time with a pectoral strain in 2014, the Detroit News reports.The right-hander was scheduled for his first bullpen session of the spring Friday, and it's expected that he's 100 percent healthy to begin the season. With the departure of Max Scherzer via free agency, keeping Sanchez healthy is even more important for the Tigers in 2015. Sanchez posted a career-low 1.10 WHIP last season, and may be undervalued as a result of never having pitched 200 innings in a season before.

Anibal Sanchez SP DET 3 months ago

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that Sanchez (chest) is 100 percent during a session with the media in late January, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

A pectoral strain suffered in early August knocked Sanchez from the Tigers' rotation mix for the final two months of the season -- and the playoffs -- while a finger injury also led to a stint on the 15-day DL early in the season. Sanchez has never logged 200 innings a season, but he posted a career-low 1.10 WHIP in 2014 and should be primed for a rebound as long as he can avoid further injury woes this season.