So, how about that late-season pick-up in 2012 of Anibal Sanchez?
The more that the 29-year-old righty pitches for the Detroit Tigers, the more his stock soars.
Sanchez had one of the finest outings of his seven-year MLB career Friday night, striking out 17 in the Tigers' decisive, 10-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Comerica Park in Detroit.
Records: Tigers 11-10, Braves 15-7
Sanchez was as effective as it gets, using his fastball and offspeed pitches to baffle Braves hitters one after another. Of 121 pitches thrown, 84 were strikes. He allowed just five hits to a lineup that led the big leagues with 35 homers entering Friday's duel.
Sanchez's pure domination of the Braves comes as a bit of a surprise. From 2010-12, Sanchez, formerly of the Florida (Miami) Marlins, posted a 1-6 record against Atlanta and owned a dreadful 6.23 ERA (43 innings).
During his last go-round with the Braves, Sanchez was hammered with eight hits (seven earned-runs) in 6.2 innings of work. Needless to say, the game didn't end well for the Marlins, who lost 11-0 on June 5, 2012.
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