Aaron Sanchez: Lights Out

by Dan Langille | Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
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Blue Jays at Orioles 04/11/15

Tuesday night Aaron Sanchez made his season debut for the Toronto Blue Jays. This marked his move from the bullpen to the starting rotation to join his buddy Marcus Stroman.

Sanchez started with a 6 foot high fastball, followed by giving up a base hit that went off of Troy Tulowitzki‘s glove breaking the webbing. This prompted the most bizarre moment of the game, Tulo calling time to switch out his glove after the first batter. However, Tulo felt bad so he immediately made it up to Sanchez by throwing out Evan Longoria at first.

Aaron’s fastball was electric all night. He was consistently between 96 to 98 MPH, and he was hitting his location with it. Russell Martin is a big help behind the plate. He knows how to handle young pitchers and knows when to have a mound visit. One thing that caught my eye was the consistent fastball’s early in the game. Even when the situation might not have called for a fastball, it was thrown. This of course did change, and changed quickly.

Sanchez after getting the first inning under his belt he began to change things up, pun intended. After throwing a first strike he started giving second strike change up’s, and curve balls. Both pitches of which were working very well for Sanchez. His change speed was sitting somewhere between 86 and 90 MPH, with his curve sitting at 76-79. His placement for change was always on point, his curve and change-up was consistently hitting the bottom of the strike zone. The only run he allowed was a solo homer to Corey Dickerson which was a hanging change up that was taken DEEP.

Sanchez threw 91 pitches through 7 innings, with 5 hits, 8 K’s, 1 ER, and the most impressive stat for me, 0 BB. Which was not surprising since he did not walk a batter all spring training. I hope these are the kind of outings that we continue to see from him.

Sanchez then turned the ball over to Cecil in the 8th; who had the longest active streak of appearance’s, 38 without giving up a run. This unfortunately came to an end at 38 and so did the Blue Jays 2 game winning streak.

I won’t get into it, however that was the right call made at the end of the game, and no we should not be boycotting the MLB. This is my picture evidence:

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Dan Langille
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Dan is a baseball nut, just trying to find the peanuts. Partial to the Blue Jays. Insurance adjuster by day and baseball writer by night. You can call me Night Writer. Find me on Twitter @allthingslang.







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