Anibal Sanchez couldn’t finish the second inning Monday night in Philadelphia, and suddenly Sanchez is developing a disturbing trend of not lasting very long.
Sanchez looked sharp when he first returned to the Marlins July 31 after a 14-month layoff and shoulder surgery. He won his first start back, holding Colorado to just two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. But his last two starts have been the quickest exits of his career. He was knocked out after just 1 2/3 innings Monday -- the shortest start of his career -- and he went only three innings in his previous start Sept. 2 against the Braves
Monday’s quick exit comes almost two years to the day from Sanchez’s no-hitter against Arizona. He threw the no-hitter Sept. 6, 2006, and then pitched briefly in 2007 (only six starts) before going on the disabled list after a 3 1/3 inning performance against the Mets on May 2.
The Marlins are being careful with Sanchez because he is coming back from surgery, but he left early in his last two starts because of had trouble getting outs.
In those two starts, Sanchez gave up 11 runs in just 4 2/3 innings (23.40 ERA) but what is more disturbing is he can’t get outs. Sanchez has given up 15 hits and three walks while retiring only 17 batters in those two starts.
He was tagged for five runs on five hits Monday, before giving way to Mark Hendrickson. Sanchez hasn’t won since he beat the Cubs 2-1 on Aug. 16.
The question that now faces the Marlins is what to do with Sanchez the rest of the season. should they shut him down and give young Andrew Miller the spot in the rotation? Miller began the season as a starter, and is clearly a player who is in the Marlins' future.