Anibal Sanchez’s season has been a bit of a rollercoaster, despite his outstanding performance. Perhaps one of his more impressive accomplishments went unnoticed.
Sanchez, two months into the season, gave up his first home run of the season against Boston on Sunday. Over 50 innings and nine starts without a single long ball.
The season has been a great one for Sanchez, who currently has season bests in WHIP and ERA. Unfortunately for him, he’s just 2-2, as the Detroit Tigers have provided him with underwhelming run support.
After giving up 20 home runs in back to back seasons, Sanchez has almost completely shut down power hitters, giving up only ten home runs total over his last 39 starts, including just nine last seasons.
Sanchez battled injuries his first several years with the Marlins, before ultimately being dealt to Detroit and becoming a top-caliber pitcher. Sanchez is in the middle of a major contract, which sees him guaranteed well over $71 million over the next four years.
The Tigers have been fortunate, as their exceptional starting rotation of Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly, while not having the type of season Sanchez is having, has anchored their pitching staff. The team has dealt with major bullpen woes throughout the season.