Detroit Tigers: Three Things to Know for Game 2 vs Marlins
The Marlins against Sanchez
While Anibal Sanchez was dominant in his only start against the Marlins, a number of hitters on Miami’s roster have had considerable success against the right-handed pitcher.
In 35 at-bats against Sanchez, third baseman Martin Prado is a .412 hitter with a double, a home run, a walk and five RBI. Utility infielder Chris Johnson is a .417 hitter with two doubles in 12 at-bats. Additionally, second baseman Dee Gordon has two hits in three at-bats.
While those three have had success, there are some current Miami players who have struggled against Sanchez. Backup catcher Jeff Mathis is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, while starting shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is hitless in four at-bats, with only a walk to his name.
Slugging outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is hitless in two at-bats versus Sanchez. In one of those at-bats, he struck out. Left fielder Christian Yelich has had slightly more success than his fellow outfielder in a similarly small sample size. In two at-bats, Yelich has a hit.
Hopefully Anibal Sanchez can have the same kind of success Wednesday as he had in his only other start against his former team.
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With Jose Fernandez on the hill for Miami, Detroit can’t allow the Marlins to run up the score. That being said, Sanchez will need to be on his game when dealing with Prado, Johnson and Gordon.