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Anibal Sanchez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Anibal Sanchez came within five outs of his second career no-hitter on Friday, and ended up surrendering four runs on three hits over 7 1/3 innings of work.
Sanchez struck out five and walked three on the night. He was absolutely dominant through the first seven frames, but walked Justin Smoak in the seventh inning then allowed a one-out single to Ezequiel Carrera. He was left in to face the next two hitters who also singled, before giving way to the Tigers' bullpen. The Jays ended up striking for six runs in the inning, included the three runners the bullpen inherited from Sanchez. He has now won each of his last four decisions and will look to extend that streak when he takes on the Mariners in Seattle on Wednesday. Jul 3 - 10:15 PM

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Anibal Sanchez pitched decently in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday, allowing four runs on six hits over his seven frames.

Sanchez punched out seven on the night while walking only two. Most of the damage against him stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as a trio of White Sox blasted solo home runs against him. The 31-year-old will carry a 4.63 ERA and 95/29 K/BB ratio into his next outing against the Pirates on Thursday.
Jun 26 - 10:23 PM

Anibal Sanchez held the Yankees to three runs across seven innings in Sunday's 12-4 victory.

Sanchez served up a pair of home runs, but they were both solo shots. He struck out five on the day, yielding seven hits and walking a pair. It's been an uneven season for the veteran right-hander, but he's been terrific of late with just the three runs given up over his last three outings. He'll bring a 4.59 ERA into next weekend's start versus the White Sox.
Jun 21 - 4:22 PM

Anibal Sanchez was in top form on Monday, spinning a two-hit shutout against the Reds to earn his fifth win of the season.

It was a nice follow up to his previous effort in which he blanked the Cubs over 7 2/3 innings. Todd Frazier and Joey Votto accounted for the only hits, both singles. Sanchez issued no walks and struck out seven. It hasn't always been easy for him this season, as he still carries a meager 4.65 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and an 83/25 K/BB ratio over 91 innings. Sanchez will carry a 17 2/3 scoreless inning streak into a road start against the Yankees next.
Jun 15 - 9:58 PM

Anibal Sanchez kept the Cubs off the board for 7 2/3 innings to earn the win on Tuesday.

Sanchez allowed six hits -- all singles -- while walking two and striking out seven. The Cubs did have opportunities to punish Sanchez but couldn't capitalize. The right-hander has had an up-and-down season, at times looking dominant and looking awful at other times, resulting in a 5.16 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP and a 76/25 K/BB ratio in 82 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling in his next start, at home versus the Reds.
Jun 9 - 10:16 PM

Anibal Sanchez yielded four runs in seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the A's.

Sanchez bounced back well from a three-run second inning, but he finished the night with just one strikeout, a big dropoff from the 11 and nine of his previous two outings. He's gone his last four starts without a win, but at least these last two haven't been as bad as the previous ones.
Jun 3 - 10:01 PM

Anibal Sanchez struck out nine while allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Angels.

Sanchez took his sixth loss, but this still qualifies as an encouraging outing, even if he did give up his 12th homer of the season to Albert Pujols. It's the third time in four starts that he's struck out at least nine.
May 30 - 1:34 AM

Anibal Sanchez got a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings versus the Astros as the Tigers lost on Sunday.

The Astros stormed for three quick runs against Sanchez in the first inning, with two scoring on an Evan Gattis triple. Sanchez then balked to bring in Gattis. Sanchez settled down from there with four scoreless innings, but in the sixth, Gattis hit a solo home run and rookie Preston Tucker hit a pinch-hit three-run blast. Overall, Sanchez yielded eight hits and walked two while striking out 11. It's the second start in a row he's allowed seven runs. He has an unsightly 6.12 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 59/17 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings. Sanchez will vie for better results in a road start against the Angels next.
May 24 - 4:57 PM

Anibal Sanchez was demolished by the Brewers on Tuesday, serving up seven runs over 3 2/3 innings in a losing cause.

The Brewers scored six runs off of Sanchez in the third inning, including five on back-to-back-to-back home runs. Braun started the chain with a three-run blast, then was followed by solo shots from Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez. He gave up seven hits overall along with two walks and two punch-outs. Sanchez has been prone to these outings so far this season as it's the fourth time he has allowed five or more runs in an outing. His ERA is up to 5.60 with a 1.28 WHIP and a 48/15 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. He'll look for a rebound performance against the Astros at home.
May 19 - 9:59 PM

Anibal Sanchez flummoxed the Twins on Thursday, limiting them to one run while striking out nine over eight innings.

In addition to the nine strikeouts, Sanchez walked just one. He surrendered an RBI single to Eduardo Escobar in the fourth inning, but the Twins didn't manage any other damage against the Detroit starter. The outing lowered his ERA to 4.76 and his WHIP to 1.20. He's also pitching to a 46/13 K/BB ratio over 51 innings. Sanchez has shown tantalizing flashes like this at different points in 2015, but he's yet to find a consistent groove. This start is an encouraging sign as he tries to get himself back on track. He'll look to build on it during a home outing against the Brewers next time he takes the mound.
May 14 - 4:19 PM

Anibal Sanchez was hit hard in a losing effort against the Royals on Saturday, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits over his six innings.

Sanchez also issued three free passes while striking out two on the afternoon. The Royals jumped on him early in this one, scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, including a homer by Alcides Escobar on his very first pitch. He has struggled through the first month-plus of the season and will bring a troublesome 5.44 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Friday's start against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
May 9 - 3:48 PM

Anibal Sanchez posted a strong start against the Royals on Sunday, surrendering three runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Sanchez struck out four and walked one in what was one of his better starts this season. The Royals were unable to dent the scoreboard through the first six innings. They scored two in the seventh and another two in the eighth, but the Tigers were able to hang on for the 6-4 victory. Sanchez moved to 2-3 with the win and the outing lowered his ERA to 5.11. He also holds a 1.16 WHIP and a 35/9 K/BB over 37 innings. The last time the 31-year-old posted an ERA higher than 4.00 was in 2008. He'll attempt to put up another good start against the Royals in his next start, this time at home.
May 3 - 6:33 PM

Anibal Sanchez allowed nine hits and three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

The final line actually looked worse than it was, with eight of the nine hits going for singles. Sanchez also showed good control, striking out six while not walking a batter. The Twins were just able to scratch one more run across than their opponents. Sanchez will carry a 1-3 record, 5.46 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Sunday's contest against the Royals in Kansas City.
Apr 28 - 11:18 PM

Anibal Sanchez allowed just one run over 6 1/3 innings but got a no-decision as the Tigers lost to the Yankees on Thursday.

Sanchez and counterpart Masahiro Tanaka were both equally effective on this particular afternoon, resulting in no-decisions for both. Sanchez allowed just one hit, but issued four walks. He was able to limit what the Yankees could do by striking out eight batters. In his first two starts, Sanchez has been dominant twice and extremely hittable twice, so it's tough to gauge exactly where he's at. He owns a 5.96 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 25/8 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. Sanchez will have a favorable match-up in his next start, as he'll take on the Twins in Minnesota.
Apr 23 - 4:49 PM

Anibal Sanchez was absolutely annihilated in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, surrendering nine runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings of work.

Sanchez walked two and struck out two on the afternoon. Most of the damage came on during a seven-run fourth inning, highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Jose Abreu. It was the second straight rough outing for the right-hander who was knocked around by the Pirates his last time out. He has been the lone weak link in what has been a superb rotation for the Tigers in the early part of the season. He'll look to turn things around on Thursday against the Yankees.
Apr 18 - 4:16 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Josh Wilson
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Alfredo Simon
5Kyle Lobstein
6Kyle Ryan
Relief Pitcher
R1Joakim Soria
2Bruce Rondon
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Alex Wilson
6Drew VerHagen
7Jeff Ferrell
8Joe Nathan