12:46 AM EDT, Thu May 26, 2016
Bless You Boys 6 hours ago

Anibal Sanchez's issues are becoming too great for Tigers to ignore

Sanchez's issues have become a troublesome trend. DETROIT -- It's no secret Anibal Sanchez's starts have been a disaster this season. Continuing work has not shown progress. Whatever he and the Detroit Tigers have been tinkering with, it's not working. The Sanchez that the team and fans have seen in the past hasn't shown up. Flashes of it, sure, but not for any prolonged length of time, and at some point the team is going to need to reassess his role if he doesn't turn it around. It's "only" May, but June is nearly here. That "at some point" may need to come sooner rather than later if the...
Bless You Boys 8 hours ago

Phillies 8, Tigers 5: Anibal Sanchez's rough start, sloppy defense sinks Detroit

The offense had their chances, but couldn't do enough to overcome the bullpen and an imploding Sanchez. DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez is still in desperate need of repair. Or more. Once again he couldn't cut it and the Detroit Tigers tried to extend his outing just a little too far. The offense couldn't string together enough key hits to outlast a rough bullpen outing, and the Tigers snapped their four-game winning streak, dropping an 8-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Once again, Sanchez had a couple of brief moments where he was solid, but then there were others where he imploded. He's...
Bless You Boys 12 hours ago

The Tigers' road trip may determine Michael Fulmer's short-term future

Also, Kinsler is still not feeling well and Ausmus is away for a death in the family. DETROIT -- Michael Fulmer has given the Detroit Tigers a surprisingly solid arm in the rotation, but even with an extra day of rest, Friday's start may determine whether he stays with Detroit. The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels have always been tough on even the aces of the Tigers staff, and with Shane Greene drawing closer to a return, Fulmer could be the odd man out. The off-day affords the Tigers some room in several respects. It gives the rotation an extra day in case they choose to move...
Bless You Boys 13 hours ago

Justin Verlander is throwing a cutter and it's nasty

Call it a hard slider if you want, but if it moves like a cutter, it's a cutter. Last year, just before the 2015 season spiraled into the void, I went to Toledo to watch the Toledo Mud Hens in an afternoon game. Specifically, I went to watch Justin Verlander pitch his final rehab start before rejoining the Tigers. There were some odd sights. A Tyrannosaurus Rex brought Verlander the ball for the game's first pitch. He (Verlander, not the T-Rex) wore a strange beige uniform with mock Velociraptor slashes across it. American Pharoah's Triple Crown winning performance in the Belmont Stakes was...
Bless You Boys 13 hours ago

Here's how Miguel Cabrera got out of his early-season slump

Cabrera's rough start to the season stemmed from the way he was being pitched and when he chose to swing. There will come a time in Miguel Cabrera’s career when the Detroit Tigers’ slugger will no longer be one of the game’s elite hitters. While this is unlikely to come anytime soon, skeptics will jump on any opportunity to pounce on any moment of decline. So when things looked grim for Cabrera 17 games into the season, trigger-happy pessimists announced that this could be the beginning of the end. Cabrera promptly responded the next evening by hitting two home runs against the...
Bless You Boys May 22, 2016

What can the Tigers do with Anibal Sanchez?

Physically, Sanchez may never be the guy he was in 2013. Maybe it's time he stopped trying. Before the 2016 season got underway, if you had to pick two things the Tigers needed to catch a break on, most would have chosen the health and success of Anibal Sanchez and Victor Martinez. Fortunately, Martinez has been superb, and once again an absolute pleasure to watch hit. But while Sanchez has been basically healthy, he's also been horrendous. An Anibal Sanchez start these days too often ends not just with a whimper, but with a bang. Once Sanchez gets beyond 70 pitches, he's a ticking time...
Grand Rapids Press May 21, 2016
Solid outing by Tigers' Anibal Sanchez unravels in sixth inning for third straight game

Solid outing by Tigers' Anibal Sanchez unravels in sixth inning for third straight game

Sanchez has yet to win in four appearances during May. DETROIT - The sixth inning is becoming a hurdle Anibal Sanchez can't overcome. The Detroit Tigers pitcher has struggled to go deep into games during nine starts this season, going at least seven innings just one time. In his last three starts, he's pitched well only to see things unravel in the sixth inning, something that happened again Friday night in a 7-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Comerica Park. After overcoming a shaky start that saw the Rays scored three times before their sixth batter stepped to...
Bless You Boys May 20, 2016

Rays 7, Tigers 5: Miguel Cabrera's 2-HR day not enough to counter pitching woes

The offense wasn't clicking, but they (mainly Cabrera) kept it close. DETROIT -- After a poor start, Anibal Sanchez battled back for a moderate performance, but it was Miguel Cabrera who stole the show with a two-home run night. Even so, it wasn't enough and with a runner on third the Detroit Tigers snapped their four-game win streak, losing 7-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Typically Sanchez collapses the third time he faces the batting order. Lately it's been two. On Friday, it was in the first inning. A leadoff home run and three straight hits didn't bode well for Sanchez, prompting an early...
Grand Rapids Press May 20, 2016
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez seeking first win in May

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez seeking first win in May

Sanchez is 0-2 with a 5.68 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in May entering todays game vs. Tampa Bay. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (19-21, 4th in AL Central) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (19-19, 3rd in AL East)When: 7:10 p.m.Where: Comerica Park in DetroitTV: Fox Sports DetroitRadio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Brendan Savage STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersAnibal Sanchez (3-4, 5.91 ERA)Lifetime vs. Rays: 2-3, 5.08 ERA Tampa Bay RaysMatt Andriese (2-0, 0.56 ERA)Lifetime vs. Tigers: 0-0, 9.00 ERA GAME NOTES* Anibal Sanchez will be making his...
Grand Rapids Press May 14, 2016
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez throwing as losing skid hits 2008 level

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez throwing as losing skid hits 2008 level

The Tigers have lost 10 of their last 11 games. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (15-20, 4th in AL Central) at Baltimore Orioles (22-12, 1st in AL East)When: 7:05 p.m. Saturday, May 14Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md.TV: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB NetworkRadio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Chris Iott STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRH Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 5.89 ERA)Lifetime vs. Orioles: 2-1, 5.09 ERA Baltimore OriolesRH Mike Wright (1-3, 5.83 ERA)Lifetime vs. Tigers: 0-0, 0.00 ERA (1 IP) GAME...
Bless You Boys May 9, 2016

Brad Ausmus' mistakes helped lead Tigers to loss against the Nationals

The Tigers' skipper needs to put his players in the best position to succeed. Monday, he didn't. It's no secret that Anibal Sanchez has struggled against batters later in the game. Opponents entered Monday's game hitting a cool .269/.424/.462 in their third appearance against Sanchez so far this year, which continues the trend from last year (he allowed an .853 OPS to batters the third time through). His seventh-inning ERA was 7.62 in 2015. Brad Ausmus should have known this as much as anyone, but he left Sanchez pitch into the seventh against the Nationals on Monday anyway. What makes this...
Grand Rapids Press May 9, 2016
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez with one loss in 21 starts vs. Washington

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez with one loss in 21 starts vs. Washington

The Tigers ride a six-game losing streak into their series opener against the Nationals on Monday. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (14-16, 4th in AL Central) at Washington Nationals (19-12, 2nd in NL East)When: 7:05 p.m.Where: Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.TV: Fox Sports Detroit, ESPNRadio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Chris Iott STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRH Anibal Sanchez (3-3, 5.87 ERA)Lifetime vs. Nationals: 9-1, 1.98 ERA Washington NationalsRH Stephen Strasburg (5-0, 2.36 ERA)Lifetime vs. Tigers:...
Grand Rapids Press May 4, 2016
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez has lost his last 3 starts vs. Cleveland

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez has lost his last 3 starts vs. Cleveland

This after the Tigers and Justin Verlander lost on Tuesday, extending Verlanders winless streak vs. Cleveland to nine games. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (14-11, 2nd in AL Central) at Cleveland Indians (11-12, 4th in AL Central)When: 6:10 p.m.Where: Progressive Field, Chicago, Ill.TV: Fox Sports DetroitRadio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Chris Iott STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRH Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 6.08 ERA)Lifetime vs. Indians: 4-4, 3.55 ERA Cleveland IndiansRH Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.24 ERA)Lifetime vs....
Grand Rapids Press May 4, 2016
Kirk Gibson on Parkinson's battle: 'I want people to see what's going to happen'

Kirk Gibson on Parkinson's battle: 'I want people to see what's going to happen'

Tigers great talks about his choice to make fight public, just over a year since diagnosed. GRAND RAPIDS - Just over a year ago, Kirk Gibson was doing a live TV interview when he heard the producer say in his ear piece, "Gibby, smile. You look like you've seen a ghost." Turns it, he was right. "I was seeing a ghost," he said. "I couldn't smile. I was stricken." Now, a year since Gibson was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, the Detroit Tigers legend and current part-time TV analyst said he has grown comfortable with his decision to make his battle public -...
Bless You Boys May 4, 2016

Game 26 Preview: Detroit Tigers at Cleveland Indians

Anibal Sanchez takes the mound looking for his second win in a row. Six days ago, the Anibal Sanchez threat level was approaching DEFCON 2. All was not lost after a rough start against the Cleveland Indians, but many fans were wondering if we were ever going to see the real Anibal Sanchez again. Well, sort of. Sanchez spun what some would consider his best start of the season, limiting the Oakland Athletics to two runs on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out nine, and while he did allow a home run, the A's never really threatened at any point in the game. The only problem? Sanchez...

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