Detroit Tigers Heroes and Zeroes Week 11

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Jun 21, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

#3 Hero: Anibal Sanchez

Anibal Sanchez‘s 20+ inning scoreless streak came to an end in the second inning on Sunday, but luckily his Detroit Tigers hitting teammates supplied him with plenty of run support.

A lot has been made of Sanchez’s struggles this season. Looked at as a very solid middle rotation option that the Tigers would not have to worry about much, it had been a bit of a nightmare early on for Anibal.

He was able to throw a second straight scoreless outing last Monday, going the distance in the complete game shutout of Cincinnati. He was not nearly as effective in New York, but managed to hold his own–although he did allow a pair of solo homers, which is still a concern (though we should remember Yankee Stadium’s insane hitting friendly dimensions).

Nonetheless when you see the efforts that Justin Verlander and Alfredo Simon offered up this week, not to mention a shaky outing from Kyle Ryan, Sanchez’s solid week was very much-needed.

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