To the surprise of no one, Anibal Sanchez is still pitching in Detroit. You mean nobody wanted to take on his contract in a trade? Shocker. While he is bringing in a handsome paycheck, Sanchez hasn’t been a productive member of the rotation since 2014. No one is touching him with a 10-foot pole. He cashed in at the right time, as his ERA hasn’t been anywhere near 4.00 since his downswing. Like Sanchez, the Tigers have been in a downswing since around that time, too. The Tigers are 10 games down and their season is in the toilet.
Staying in Detroit as well will be Justin Verlander. The Dodgers were looking at Verlander, but ultimately settled on bringing Darvish to LA. They’re going all-in this season, we’ll see if it pays off. The teams that like to throw money at a wall and hopes it sticks usually doesn’t work so well for. We’ve seen it happen countless times, and I hope the Dodgers do something, though, because they are going all-in now without much regard for the future.
The Yankees made some noise too, as they acquired Sonny Gray from the Oakland A’s. Gray’s name has been floated around for about a year now, and the Athletics finally said goodbye to a guy who gave them a ton of quality work. Gray, who has had a comeback season of sorts, should give the Yanks the lift they needed in the starting rotation. Likewise, CC Sabathia has been making a comeback of his own.
His career looked like it was over, but he has proven in the last two years that he still has something to give. The Yankees have a slight 0.5 game lead in the AL East. Every game is big from here to the end of the season. This is one of those games they must win against a pitcher like Sanchez. We’ll see how it all unfolds at Yankee Stadium. Get our free Tigers vs. Yankees pick below.
Detroit Tigers vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick
Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 6.79 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (9-3, 3.66 ERA)
Why is Anibal Sanchez still pitching? Well, because there’s nothing behind him that the Tigers can plug-in to the rotation. He is making 16.8 million this season and 80 million total over five years. Next season the bleeding will be over with. Sanchez did pitch okay for a few games, but he’s regressing fast lately. He’s gotten hammered for a 7.04 ERA and 1.89 WHIP in his last three games, allowing 12 runs in just 14.4 innings. He couldn’t make it out of the 3rd inning in his last outing against the Royals, as he surrendered 9 hits and 4 runs in 3.2 innings.
Sanchez has gotten drilled for a 7.33 ERA with a 1.70 WHIP on the road this year. The Yankees are 3rd in runs scored per game this season. If they don’t take Sanchez for a ride tonight, then I’d conclude that they took the night off. There isn’t any room for the Yanks to take nights off, though. As bad as the Tigers have been, it hasn’t necessarily been because of the offense.
They’re 8th in runs scored per game in the majors, and have scored 7 runs per game in their last three games. The pitching has just been so bad that it’s not working out for them. Their bullpen is last and they just got rid of one of the only competent relievers on their roster, Justin Wilson. Runs should be easy to come by tonight, and as such, the OVER looks like a good pick.
PICK: OVER 9.5 (-110)