Anibal Sanchez was not sharp over 6.1 innings as he gave up five runs on 11 hits with four strikeouts and one walk in the win over the Diamondbacks Wednesday afternoon.
This marks the second poor start in a row by Sanchez, as he gave up four runs over six innings last time out. The Tigers' starter has been hitting a rough patch in the season lately, as he has a 5.79 ERA in his last four starts. On the bright side he only walked one man in the start, though a two-run home run by Did Gregorious spoiled the outing. ANALYST: Ben Diamond
Back to back rough outings for Sanchez who was tagged for four runs over six innings in his previous start against Cleveland. Overall on the season Sanchez is 7-4 with a 3.45 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. His next start will come at home against the White Sox who scored three runs off Sanchez over six innings handing him the loss back on April 21st. ANALYST: Jonathan Impemba
Noah Vonleh will start for the Blazers on Saturday.
It is easy to forget that Noah Vonleh is a former first round draft pick. He has been playing better recently for the Blazers and will start for Portland on Saturday. His talent should get him better statistics as the season moves forward. Especially with Portland in the midst of a rebuild. Monitor Vonleh's minutes and how he makes use of them in the next few games. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Omri Casspi will start for the Kings on Saturday.
With DeMarcus Cousins injured, Omri Casspi has been getting more playing time. Casspi has scored in double digits in four of the last five games for the Kings. More impressive is that Casspi has shot over 60 percent from the field in three of those games. For the season Casspi is now averaging 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game but those numbers may continue to increase with his playing time on the rise. Analysis: Greg Jewett
Sean Nolin will compete for a rotation spot next season.
Due to the question marks outside of Sonny Gray and Rich Hill for the Oakland rotation, Sean Nolin is a prospect worth monitoring for the upcoming season. Nolin was a part of the Josh Donaldson trade from Toronto. He was 2-2 at Triple-A in 2015 with a 2.66 ERA in 47 1/3 innings pitched. Nolin also made six starts with Oakland last year with a 1-2 record and a 5.28 ERA. But being left-handed and in a pitchers park will give Nolin a chance to improve in 2016. Analysis: Greg Jewett