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.
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.