Anibal Sanchez has been anything but himself this season. He allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings on Sunday as Detroit blew a four-run lead and lost to Houston, 10-8.
Many fans, however, were blaming manager Brad Ausmus for the loss due to leaving Sanchez in the game when he was well over 100 pitches. Chris Iott of MLive.com explains why Ausmus’ decision to stick with Sanchez was just one of many mistakes the Tigers made on Sunday.
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The Detroit Tigers added to their injury list on Sunday, sending starter Kyle Lobstein to the 15-day disabled list. 24-year-old Buck Farmer will start in his place on Thursday versus the Angels. Farmer is 5-1 with a 2.98 ERA in Triple-A Toledo this season.
Finally, Lynn Henning of The Detroit News named the five Tigers prospects that Detroit fans should be keeping their eye on.
"Many Detroit Tigers fans pinned the loss directly to manager Brad Ausmus after the Tigers blew a four-run lead Sunday in a 10-8 loss to the Houston Astros. They believe Sanchez should have been out of the game before Preston Tucker hit the three-run homer to tie the game at 7-7 in the sixth inning.It is easy to argue that point based on a results-oriented point of view. But there are at least two reasons — besides the home run by Tucker — that one could make when arguing that Sanchez should have been out of the game."
Tigers put Lobstein on DL, Farmer to start Thursday – Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press
"General manager Dave Dombrowski announced the move and also said right-hander Buck Farmer (5-1, 2.98 ERA in Triple-A Toledo) would start Thursday’s game at Anaheim, but a corresponding move would be made by Wednesday.“It’s something that’s bothered him on and off,” Dombrowski said of Lobstein’s shoulder. “You’ve seen that he hasn’t felt quite up to par; (he’s) been able to pitch through it. But I can’t tell you exactly when it’s been hurting him or not.”Manager Brad Ausmus said Lobstein’s shoulder has been a problem since the winter."
Five Tigers Prospects to Keep an Eye on – Lynn Henning, The Detroit News
"It is a thinner crop than the norm, in great part because so many potential and active big-leaguers (Jake Thompson, Willy Adames, Corey Knebel, Eugenio Suarez, etc.) have been swapped for more mature talent in recent months.But names and skills are in place at all four places. Based on conversations with those in charge, a few of the more noteworthy players and performers, who in time could me moving to Detroit or to another team, break down like this."