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Sanchez Leads Tigers to 1st with 1-Hitter

Sanchez Leads Tigers to 1st with 1-Hitter

The Detroit Tigers moved into first place Friday behind a near no-hitter by Anibal Sanchez, who is leading a rotation that is so good that Justin Verlander is only fourth in ERA and WHIP (see table below). Sanchez lowered his ERA to 2.38 by coming within two outs of a no-hitter Friday to shut out the Twins and move the Tigers in front of the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, just a month after he struck out 17 Braves. 

Sanchez just missed his second career no-hitter as the Tigers beat the Twins 6-0.

NAME GS W L IP H ER HR BB SO K/9 WAR WHIP ERA
Anibal Sanchez 10 5 4 64.1 55 17 2 17 80 11.19 1.6 1.12 2.38
Max Scherzer 9 6 0 62.1 44 25 5 13 75 10.83 1.3 0.91 3.61
Doug Fister 9 5 1 54.2 60 22 1 9 43 7.08 0.6 1.26 3.62
Justin Verlander 10 5 4 59 60 24 3 21 69 10.53 1.1 1.37 3.66
Total 38 21 9 239.4 219 88 11 60 267 10.1 4.6 1.17 3.31

For the AP account of the fifth one-hitter of the season, click here.

The rotation as a whole is now 21-9, is striking out more than 10 batters for every nine innings pitched, and has a 3.31 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. The Wins Above Replacement (WAR) equations indicate the Tigers would be four and a half games behind the Indians and battling the White Sox and Royals for second through fought place without the four pitchers.

Minnesota’s Joe Mauer finally broke up the no-hitter with one out in the ninth, but Sanchez finished the game with a 6-0 win to hand the Twins their 10th straight loss.

 

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