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Is Anibal Sanchez for real?

Marlins righthander Anibal Sanchez has always been a tough read for fantasy owners because of his injuries. He's spent extensive time on the disabled list with shoulder injuries and had surgery on his right labrum.

Sanchez pitched a career-high 195 innings last season with a 7.25 K/9, 3.23 BB/9 and a 3.55 ERA. That was the most he threw for the Marlins since 2006 when he threw 114 1/3 innings.

Sanchez has been fantastic this season. He is 3-1 and has pitched 49 2/3 innings. The K/9 is up to 9.42 and the BB/9 is 3.44. He has a 2.90 ERA and a 3.10 FIP. He is inducing ground balls at a 47 percent rate.

The biggest factors with Sanchez are his health and that his velocity is higher than last season. He's getting more swings and misses and throwing a lot of first-pitch strikes. Sanchez has flirted with a no-hitter three times this season. He threw a one-hitter against the Rockies on April 22. Sanchez threw 124 pitches that game and didn't go past five innings the next two starts.

Since then, both starts against the Nationals, he has pitched 15 innings and allowed five hits, no runs, walked two, and struck out 20. Sanchez looks like a better pitcher and there's a lot to like. I think he's for real.


 

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