LAKELAND, Fla. — What a difference a week can make. After throwing an emergency bullpen session with his manager last week, Anibal Sanchez shut down the New York Mets March 20.
The right-hander pitched four scoreless innings, recording five strikeouts. He allowed only two hits and walked no one. Of his 63 pitches, 44 were strikes.
Sanchez had struggled this spring, especially when coming out of the bullpen. In this, his second start, he seemed to find his rhythm.
Last week, he worked to change his arm slot and improve his fastball’s velocity. If the New York hitters are any indication, those changes worked. Nevertheless, the veteran starter said he knows he still has work to do.
According to George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press, Sanchez said, “Today was another good outing, but I need to still work with (pitching coach Rich) Dubee. Thank God everything is coming right and I’m in the right way right now. I feel really good.”