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Anibal Sanchez | Starting Pitcher | #19

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / BOS
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Anibal Sanchez allowed four runs over five innings in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.
Sanchez, making his first start in nearly a month after being exiled to the bullpen, gave up two home runs among his five hits allowed. He also walked two while striking out three. He owned a 1.86 ERA and 1.14 WHIP as a reliever but has been decidedly less effective as a starter, going 3-7 with a cumulative ERA now over 6. Sanchez, if he sticks in the rotation after Saturday, will take another shot at turning things around Friday at the Rays. Jun 25 - 7:26 PM

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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced that Anibal Sanchez will be moved to the bullpen.

The nail in Sanchez's starting coffin came after the Angels rocked him for six runs in three innings on Tuesday. The 32-year-old right-hander will carry a 6.67 ERA and 1.68 WHIP (56 2/3 innings) into the bullpen. He will likely be used in low-leverage situations in the immediate future, similar to a mop-up man. Shane Greene (blister) could potentially take over for Sanchez in the rotation once he has finished up with his rehab assignment.
Jun 1 - 4:49 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hinted late Tuesday that Anibal Sanchez could lose his rotation spot.

Sanchez was roughed up again Tuesday night against the Angels, yielding six runs on eight hits over just three innings. "We're going to have to make an adjustment with Sanchy," Ausmus said after the game. "Something's gotta be done, because we need better starts than that." Shane Greene (blister) has looked sharp on his minor league rehab assignment and could be an option to take over. Sanchez, 32, holds a 6.67 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 56 2/3 innings (11 starts) this season.
Jun 1 - 9:04 AM

Anibal Sanchez proved ineffective in earning a no-decision against the Angels on Tuesday, surrendering six runs on eight hits over three innings.

Yikes. Sanchez coughed up a two-run home run to C.J. Cron in the bottom of the first to set the tone, then proceeded to top himself by allowing a three-run homer to Mike Trout in the second. One more solo home run in the third -- this one courtesy of Jefry Marte -- would cap off the evening's unpleasantness. With at least four runs allowed in five of his last six starts, the veteran right-hander makes for an unappealing fantasy option even in deeper AL-only formats. He will try to jump-start his season in a home date with the White Sox next time he toes the rubber.
Jun 1 - 1:36 AM

Anibal Sanchez allowed six runs -- three earned -- over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Phillies.

Sanchez got very little help from his defense in this one, with Jose Iglesias, Cameron Maybin, and Steven Moya all committing errors. But the right-hander made enough messes on his own, yielding eight hits (including two home runs) in the 8-5 loss. Sanchez will carry a 6.04 ERA into his next start on the road against the Angels.
May 25 - 4:27 PM

Anibal Sanchez was hit hard in a losing effort against the Rays on Friday, surrendering five runs on six hits over his five innings of work.

Sanchez struck out four and walked two on the night. It was all downhill from the very beginning, as Steven Souza lined a leadoff home run into the seats in left field, sparking a three-run first inning. Sanchez has been downright terrible thus far, registering a 6.23 ERA and 1.59 WHIP through his first nine starts. He'll look for better results when he takes on the Phillies on Wednesday.
May 20 - 10:46 PM

Anibal Sanchez pitched well until the sixth inning Saturday, allowing four runs through six innings in a loss to the Orioles.

Sanchez kept the potent Orioles offense off the board until a three-run sixth inning that included a Mark Trumbo RBI double and a two-run homer by Matt Wieters. Jonathan Schoop ended Sanchez' day in the seventh with a leadoff homer, saddling Sanchez with his fourth loss. He's allowed four runs in each of his last three outings to run his ERA up to 5.91 in eight starts overall. The 32-year-old will look to right the ship Friday against the Rays.
May 14 - 10:05 PM

Anibal Sanchez was handed a no-decision Monday against the Nationals after allowing four runs over six-plus innings.

He struck out two and walked three. Sanchez had a 4-1 lead through five innings, but he gave up a two-run homer to Daniel Murphy in the sixth before getting himself into trouble before Ben Revere hit a game-tying sacrifice fly off Kyle Ryan in the seventh. On the bright side, he has completed six innings in back-to-back starts after failing to do so in his first five starts. He now owns a 5.89 ERA on the year and makes for a shaky fantasy option going into a start against the Orioles this weekend.
May 9 - 10:44 PM

Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings of work in Wednesday’s loss to the Indians.

Sanchez pitched better than his scoreline otherwise suggested, which is something we haven’t often gotten to say this year. Aside from a rocky fourth inning, he held the Indians in check aside from that, continuing to cut down batters via the strikeout. He’s whiffing more than a batter per inning (9.90 K/9), despite the overall struggles. The 32-year-old has been plagued by walks and homers. He has 19 walks and 5 home runs allowed in just six starts. Sanchez now owns a 6.00 ERA and isn’t worth rostering in leagues until he can show a semblance of command over a stretch of games. The strikeouts alone won't cut it.
May 4 - 8:37 PM

Anibal Sanchez was wild in a win over the Athletics on Thursday, allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings despite walking seven batters.

The seven walks were the most allowed by Sanchez since September 28, 2009. He also gave up three hits, so he was on the edge of disaster at times, but he minimized the damage by striking out nine batters. The 32-year-old has been really shaky in the early going, posting a 6.08 ERA through five starts. While the strikeouts were nice to see, an outing like this one doesn’t really inspire confidence for fantasy owners.
Apr 28 - 8:19 PM

Anibal Sanchez was annihilated in Saturday's loss to the Indians, getting torched for six runs on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings of work.

The Indians jumped on him for three runs in the first then chased him with another four in the third, highlight by a three-run homer off the bat of Yan Gomes. Now 2-2 on the season, Sanchez will look to improve upon his troublesome 7.00 ERA and 1.89 WHIP when he takes the hill against the Athletics at home on Thursday.
Apr 23 - 4:08 PM

Anibal Sanchez surrendered five runs -- four earned -- over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Astros.

Houston jumped Sanchez right out of the gate, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a Jose Altuve leadoff homer and a two-out wild pitch that allowed George Springer to race home from third base. Sanchez then allowed a homer to Springer in the third, and an RBI single to Altuve in the fourth. The Detroit right-hander will try to get back on track next time out against the Indians. He was very good in his first two starts to open the 2016 season.
Apr 17 - 5:57 PM

Anibal Sanchez held the Pirates to two runs over 5 2/3 innings Tuesday for his second win.

Sanchez was cruising until the bottom of the sixth, when David Freese reached on an off-line throw by Nick Castellanos and Starling Marte slugged a pitch deep to left field for a two-run shot. Sanchez gave up only four hits and struck out four. He now stands 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA through two starts this year. A road start against the Astros is next.
Apr 12 - 4:34 PM

Anibal Sanchez limited the Marlins to two runs on four hits over five innings in Wednesday's win.

Sanchez struggled with his control at times, walking three. He also notched three strikeouts. After tossing five scoreless innings, he started the sixth inning and immediately ran into trouble, walking Marcell Ozuna and allowing a double to Christian Yelich to open the frame. Drew VerHagen came on in relief and allowed both runners to score. The 32-year-old Sanchez is looking to rebound after he posted a career-worst 4.99 ERA in 157 innings in 2015. Next up on his schedule, a home start against the Pirates.
Apr 6 - 8:22 PM

Anibal Sanchez surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Rays.

He gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out three. Sanchez was behind earlier this spring because of triceps inflammation and a case of bronchitis. He's mostly caught up now, but he still doesn't seem like the best of bets to get off to a fast start this year. Then again, he does get to face the Phillies his first time out.
Apr 1 - 4:29 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Cameron Maybin
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Warwick Saupold
8Anibal Sanchez
9Kyle Ryan
10Bruce Rondon
11Dustin Molleken