Unlike previous seasons, this year Justin Verlander may have some competition as the Opening Day starter for the Detroit Tigers.
On a pitching rotation that includes All-Star Game starter Max Scherzer, ERA champion Anibal Sanchez and 2011 Cy Young and MVP winner Justin Verlander, one can easily be overlooked.
Detroit Tigers starter Max Scherzer held the Boston Red Sox hitless for 5 2-3 innings in Game 2 of the AL championship series on Sunday night.
Anibal Sanchez and four Detroit Tigers relievers came within two outs of the first combined no-hitter in postseason history, striking out 17 to beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Saturday night in the AL championship series opener.
A former Red Sox prospect, Sanchez will start the best-of-seven series opener at Fenway Park against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Those who called for Anibal Sanchez to start game one or game two of the American League Division Series might want to go back and delete some tweets, bury some blogs.
Sanchez takes the mound Monday for Game 3 between the Tigers and Athletics after the teams split a pair of pulsating one-run games in Oakland.
The Tigers set a new American League record for strikeouts in a season: 1,384.
Although he’s on a pitching staff with a 20-game winner and a former league MVP, Anibal Sanchez could be the Detroit Tigers’ choice to start the postseason.
Anibal Sanchez, who dropped off the radar a bit when he went on the disabled list in mid-June with a strained right shoulder, has been just as good and maybe a little bit better.