Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over just 5.1 innings against the Rangers on Wednesday.
Despite the mediocrity of this outing and the end of his six-game quality start streak, Sanchez still picked up the win, his third-straight, and his ERA only bumped to 2.64 on the season. Obviously he's goign to struggle to match his wins total from last year, but the only real disappointing aspect of his game right now is the drop in strikeouts. That plus the dip in velocity is usually a red flag, so you may want to start shopping him around and seeing if you can improve your squad somewhere.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jake Marisnick was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Thursday night against the Royals.
Jake Marisnick had two hits from the bottom of the order which included a double and a run scored in Houston’s 5 -2 win over Kansas City on Thursday night. His double in the second inning with two outs kept the inning alive and Marisnick scored on a single by Jose Altuve before Yordano Ventura left the game after a rain delay in the second inning. Although Marisnick struggled in the second half, he did finish September/October with a .275 average with three home runs and seven stolen bases. Analysis: Greg Jewett