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Tigers vs. Mariners Preview: Felix Hernandez, Jordan Zimmermann struggling to find past success

Tigers vs. Mariners Preview: Felix Hernandez, Jordan Zimmermann struggling to find past success

The Tigers and Mariners kick off a three-game series at Comerica Park. It’s tough to watch a once-great player go through the decline phase of his career. Detroit Tigers fans are watching Anibal Sanchez’s precipitous drop-off first-hand, while players like Victor Martinez and Jordan Zimmermann are teetering on the edge of a similar decline. A more gradual decline may be even more difficult to watch, though. Seattle Mariners righthander Felix Hernandez was once one of the best pitchers in baseball. His starts were events, much in the same way that we call Justin Verlander “Must See...
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Grand Rapids Press Apr 13, 2017
Jordan Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez hit hard as Tigers beat by Twins

Jordan Zimmermann, Anibal Sanchez hit hard as Tigers beat by Twins

Sanchez gave up three-run home runs twice. Both traveled well over 400 feet. DETROIT -- Jordan Zimmermann's start unraveled in two innings that seemed to last two hours. He walked five of 10 batters he faced in the fourth and fifth innings, setting a new career-high for free passes. And it only got worse after he left. The Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 11-5 on Thursday at Comerica Park to avoid a series sweep. The Tigers (6-3) now hit the road, having won five of seven games during their first homestand of the season. Zimmermann gave way to Anibal...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 13, 2017
Anibal Sanchez's ERA dropped from 9.64 to 1.93 without throwing a pitch

Anibal Sanchez's ERA dropped from 9.64 to 1.93 without throwing a pitch

A scoring change from April 6 gave Nicholas Castellanos an error and made four of Sanchezs runs unearned. DETROIT -- Want more evidence to take earned run averages with a grain of salt early in the year? Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez saw his ERA drop from 9.64 to 1.93 on Wednesday night without throwing a pitch. Here's how it happened: On April 6 in Chicago, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson hit a sharp ground ball at Tigers third baseman Nicholas Castellanos. The ball bounced up and hit Castellanos in the chest, but he couldn't field it cleanly and...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 6, 2017
In chilly Chicago, 2 Tigers pitchers watch spring magic fizzle

In chilly Chicago, 2 Tigers pitchers watch spring magic fizzle

Matthew Boyd and Anibal Sanchez combined for 10 runs on 10 hits and six walks in six innings of work, as the Tigers fell to the Chicago White Sox 11-2. CHICAGO -- It was only five days ago that the Detroit Tigers were basking in warm sunshine and Matthew Boyd and Anibal Sanchez were baffling hitters.   On Thursday afternoon, as chilly gusts of wind swept through Guaranteed Rate Field, Florida seemed like a long way away. Boyd, who displayed pinpoint control throughout the spring, walked four batters and labored through 80 pitches in less than three innings....
Bless You Boys Mar 31, 2017
Detroit Tigers Links: Saying goodbye to Mike Pelfrey and hello to JaCoby Jones

Detroit Tigers Links: Saying goodbye to Mike Pelfrey and hello to JaCoby Jones

Pelfrey tried his best. An ode to Mike Pelfrey Just kidding, there will be no ode. He was terrible with the Detroit Tigers and was trashed by the fans. It’s not his fault that someone thought it was a good idea to pay him $16 million to be bad at pitching, though. With even Anibal Sanchez being a much better option and no luck in the bullpen last year, the Tigers spent $8 million to say goodbye to Big Pelf. To his credit, Pelfrey was pure class on the way out. Mike Pelfrey said he understood the move, apologized for putting the organization in a position where they had to release...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 30, 2017
Tigers Gameday: Matthew Boyd, Anibal Sanchez pitching in Sarasota

Tigers Gameday: Matthew Boyd, Anibal Sanchez pitching in Sarasota

The game will be televised by the MLB Network. SARASOTA, Fla. -- The team fielded by the Detroit Tigers will be made up largely of players who have already been cut. So it goes when the Grapefruit League season ends on a road trip. The Tigers play the Baltimore Orioles today in Sarasota before traveling to Jupiter for the final two games of the spring against the Miami Marlins. The pitching will be a little more interesting. Matthew Boyd and Anibal Sanchez are on tap for the Tigers. Both have nearly flawless over their last three outings. GAME...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 29, 2017
'Cloak and dagger' talk suggests something is up in Tiger Town as roster deadline looms

'Cloak and dagger' talk suggests something is up in Tiger Town as roster deadline looms

Weve got a couple things going on right now, manager Brad Ausmus said. Well talk about it when Im able to talk about it. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Anibal Sanchez is in the bullpen and Matthew Boyd is in the rotation.  That's about all that manager Brad Ausmus would confirm on Wednesday before the Detroit Tigers' final home game of the Grapefruit League.  Opening Day is Monday, and the Tigers apparently are taking their final decisions down to the wire. "The roster won't be set probably until the final day," Ausmus said. "Sorry for all the cloak and dagger, but we've...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 29, 2017
Ex-Tigers top pick Jacob Turner unable to win spot with Nationals

Ex-Tigers top pick Jacob Turner unable to win spot with Nationals

Turner was selected ninth overall by the Tigers in 2009. As Anibal Sanchez reportedly heads to the Detroit Tigers bullpen, the can't-miss prospect the organization traded to get him is out of a major-league job. Jacob Turner was re-assigned to minors-league camp on Wednesday by the Washington Nationals. He had been battling for a spot in the bullpen. Turner was the ninth-overall pick by the Tigers in 2009. They signed him to a deal worth $5.5 million, and he picked up his first major-league win in 2012. But he's only won 11 games since. In July 2012, Turner...

Matt Boyd reportedly wins rotation spot as Tigers send Anibal Sanchez to the bullpen

The Tigers are rolling with youth at the back of the rotation and reportedly looking to trade Mike Pelfrey
MLB Trade Rumors Mar 28, 2017

Tigers To Use Anibal Sanchez In Relief; Shopping Mike Pelfrey

The Tigers appear to be waving the white flag with a pair of longtime starters set to rake in sizable paydays this year. Right-hander Anibal Sanchez will open the season as a long reliever, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Meanwhile, the team is shopping fellow righty Mike Pelfrey, and it’s willing…
Grand Rapids Press Mar 28, 2017
Anibal Sanchez's reported move to bullpen appears to clear path for Matthew Boyd

Anibal Sanchez's reported move to bullpen appears to clear path for Matthew Boyd

Anibal Sanchez has been told he will begin the season working out of the bullpen, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday. TAMPA, Fla. -- The mystery surrounding the final spot in the Detroit Tigers' rotation appears to have been solved. Anibal Sanchez has been told he will begin the season working out of the bullpen, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday. That move would leave Matthew Boyd as the Tigers' fifth starter. Both pitchers have been dominant of late this spring. In his last three outings, Boyd has allowed only one earned run in 15 innings, striking...
Bless You Boys Mar 28, 2017
MLB Opening Day 2017: Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez to start season in bullpen

MLB Opening Day 2017: Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez to start season in bullpen

Lefthander Matt Boyd will be the Tigers’ fifth starter to open the season. Despite a late charge, including six no-hit innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, righthander Anibal Sanchez will begin the season in the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Sanchez and Matt Boyd were the frontrunners for the last spot in the Tigers’ starting rotation, leaving Boyd the likely fifth starter come Opening Day next week. While Sanchez has pitched better of late, he has been a major liability for the Tigers in the past couple seasons. Since...
Bless You Boys Mar 28, 2017
Tigers could benefit from Anibal Sanchez as their 5th starter

Tigers could benefit from Anibal Sanchez as their 5th starter

The team should keep the leash short, but give his new arm a try. Every week Kurt Mensching offers up some Tigers opinions with The Detroit News. Every week I will tell him how wrong he is. Hold on. Before you go right to the comments, just hear me out on this one. There are a million reasons Anibal Sanchez should not be allowed anywhere near the Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation. I actually wrote about some of them less than a month ago. It has been clear to anyone watching Sanchez over the last two seasons that he has been in trouble. He has floundered, and found himself in a bullpen...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2017
Jordan Zimmermann looks more like old self in Tigers' loss to Blue Jays split squad

Jordan Zimmermann looks more like old self in Tigers' loss to Blue Jays split squad

Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler return to lineup, and Nicholas Castellanos continues his spring-training tear. LAKELAND, Fla. - Miguel Cabrera was back. Ian Kinsler was back. Is Jordan Zimmermann back? The Detroit Tigers right-hander followed the lead of Justin Verlander, Matthew Boyd and Anibal Sanchez in their dominant starts the three previous days. After struggling severely his previous two outings, he delivered a much more Zimmermann-like performance in the Tigers' 4-3 loss to a Toronto Blue Jays split squad Sunday afternoon at Joker Marchant...

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