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Anibal Sanchez | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Aníbal Sanchez left Wednesday's game against the Rangers with left hamstring tightness.
He lasted just 47 pitches, allowing five hits and four runs over 2 1/3 innings of lackluster work. The severity of his injury is unknown. Sanchez probably won't be missed if he lands on the disabled list. He's compiled a miserable 6.95 ERA over 22 appearances including 11 starts this season. Aug 16 - 9:47 PM

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Anibal Sanchez struggled in Friday's loss to the Twins, surrendering five runs on eight hits over his six innings of work.

On the plus side, the veteran right-hander did rack up six strikeouts on the evening and didn't walk a batter. Eddie Rosario smacked a three-run homer off of him in the fourth inning and Max Kepler added a two-run shot in the fifth, accounting for all of the offense against him. He'll bring a disappointing 6.69 ERA and 1.57 WHIP into Wednesday's start against the Rangers in Arlington.
Aug 11 - 10:35 PM

Anibal Sanchez was shelled for eight earned runs over just three innings Sunday in a loss to the Orioles.

Sanchez gave up a whopping five home runs, to five different Orioles batters. The veteran right-hander will carry a 6.62 ERA into his next start at home against the Twins.
Aug 6 - 5:03 PM

Anibal Sanchez limited the Yankees to two runs over 6 2/3 innings of work in Tuesday’s 4-3 win.

Sanchez notched just three strikeouts on the night, and he served up a two-run homer to Didi Gregorius. Those were the only two runs the Yanks were able to muster, though, as Sanchez notched his first quality start in his last four tries. He’ll carry a 5.83 ERA into Baltimore this weekend.
Aug 1 - 10:36 PM

Anibal Sanchez surrendered four runs in 3 2/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

He got hit with the loss even though there were 12 runs given up by other Tiger pitchers in the ballgame. He allowed nine hits and two walks while striking out four batters in the brief outing. It was just one of those nights where hits were falling in left and right no matter how hard or soft the Royals hit the ball. Sanchez falls to 2-1 with a 6.18 ERA in 59 2/3 innings spread across seven starts and 11 relief appearances. He has 56 strikeouts against just 18 walks but it is the 13 homers that have ruined his season.
Jul 27 - 12:49 AM

Anibal Sanchez picked up his second victory of the season on Friday, limiting the Mariners to three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out five on the night. All of the scoring against him came during a three-run rally in the fourth inning, but Sanchez was in complete command otherwise. He still owns an inflated 5.95 ERA and 1.45 WHIP on the season, but has been a completely different pitcher since returning from Triple-A. He'll look to extend his winning streak when he takes on the Royals on Wednesday.
Jul 21 - 11:52 PM

Anibal Sanchez gave up five earned runs over six innings Sunday in a no-decision versus Toronto.

Sanchez was off from the start, coughing up two homers in the Blue Jays' three-run first inning, but Detroit pulled out the victory in extras. Sanchez served up nine hits in the ugly outing. He'll carry a 6.08 ERA and 1.43 WHIP into his next scheduled appearance on the road against the Twins.
Jul 16 - 5:57 PM

Anibal Sanchez limited the Giants to two runs over six innings Thursday in the Tigers' 6-2 victory.

Sanchez cruised through the punchless San Francisco batting order, scattering five hits and whiffing eight batters while issuing zero free passes. The two runs he gave up came in the top of the sixth, with Detroit already leading big. Sanchez, 33, owns a surprising 3.09 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 22/4 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 innings since moving back into the Tigers' rotation in mid-June. He'll try to keep it going in the second half.
Jul 6 - 4:14 PM

Anibal Sanchez turned in a quality start in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians, allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision.

Sanchez allowed only four hits and a walk, but he was removed after allowing a couple baserunners and letting a run score in the seventh. He then watched reliever Daniel Stumpf give up a two-run homer to tie the game. The 33-year-old has now pitched well in both his starts this year, offering hope that perhaps he's found a former effectiveness. He'll have a chance to show that it's not just a fluke when the two teams meet up again next weekend.
Jul 1 - 4:22 PM

Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs - one earned - and two hits with no walks and four strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision in San Diego on Saturday.

Sanchez has posted a 2.45 ERA over 11 innings in two outings since being summoned from Triple-A Toledo on June 18. He has re-emerged as a useful fantasy option if you need help in the back end of your rotation in deeper AL play. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Indians at Comerica Park.
Jun 25 - 3:26 AM

Anibal Sanchez allowed two earned runs, five hits and three walks with five strikeouts over five innings in a no-decision Monday in Seattle.

His overall stat line wasn't terrible, but he struggled with his location. He managed to throw just 50 of his 89 pitches for strikes in his first start of the season. Sanchez had been a train wreck in a relief role, allowing 21 runs over 21 innings.
Jun 20 - 2:46 AM

Tigers recalled RHP Anibal Sanchez from Triple-A Toledo.

The veteran right-hander will rejoin the Tigers' rotation on Monday against the Mariners. He posted a 4.60 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings over four starts at Triple-A while getting stretched out. He still isn't a recommended fantasy option.
Jun 18 - 5:19 PM

Anibal Sanchez will start for the Tigers on Monday in Seattle.

The Tigers will utilize a six-man rotation for at least one turn through the rotation. Sanchez was sent down last month to be stretched out as a starter and posted a 4.60 ERA and 20/5 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings across four starts for Triple-A Toledo.
Jun 18 - 10:35 AM

Tigers optioned RHP Anibal Sanchez to Triple-A Toledo.

Sanchez had to agree to the move given his big league tenure, and it was actually his idea, as he wants to be stretched out to start again. The veteran right-hander has posted a 9.00 ERA and 2.05 WHIP over 11 relief appearances this season, although he did strike out 22 over 21 innings. He could get another shot to start with the Tigers if Matt Boyd's struggles continue.
May 22 - 5:15 PM

Anibal Sanchez gave up three runs and two homers in his inning of relief Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

This might have been the final straw for Sanchez, who has allowed a whopping eight homers in 17 2/3 innings out of the pen. He's sporting a 9.68 ERA. The Tigers still owe him the rest of his $16 million salary this year and a $5 million buyout in 2018, but they need to cut their losses.
May 11 - 1:55 AM

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SS1Jose Iglesias
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LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Andrew Romine
RF1Mikie Mahtook
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3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
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3Joe Jimenez
4Bruce Rondon
5Warwick Saupold
6Chad Bell
7Daniel Stumpf
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