Anibal excited for 'chance of a lifetime' Game 3 start
Sanchez 'blessed' to be in postseason after trade from Miami
OAKLAND -- Considering that on July 22, Anibal Sanchez was still playing for the Marlins, he knows he's a lucky man.The right-hander is slated to take the mound for Detroit against Oakland in Game 3 of their American League Division Series on Tuesday at 9:07 p.m. ET at the O.co Coliseum in a game broadcast by TBS. Not only is Sanchez making his first postseason appearance after playing six-plus seasons for the Marlins, he'll have the luxury of his club leading, 2-0, in the best-of-five series.
The Tigers could wrap it up on Tuesday evening. Left-hander Brett Anderson, returning from an oblique injury, will try and stave off elimination for the A's."I feel good," Sanchez said after the Tigers came from behind to defeat the A's, 5-4, on Sunday in Game 2 at Comerica Park. "I know that it's playoff time. I've never been in that situation, and I feel great. I think it's better now, because we're ahead. There's not too much pressure at all. We just have to play. Play relaxed. Have fun."
The Marlins were struggling through a lackluster and disappointing season, their first in a new ballpark near downtown Miami, when executives began breaking up the club.Sanchez was surprised, but happy, when he was traded to Detroit along with infielder Omar Infante on July 23 for three Minor Leaguers. Sanchez felt he was given a new lease on life, playing for a team that was struggling under its own high expectations to repeat as American League Central champs. "Beginning when I came here, I felt like it was really weird," Sanchez said during a media conference on Monday. "It was like my first time out of Miami, because it's my hometown."
Tale of the Tape: Game 3
|2012 regular season|
|Overall: 12 GS, 4-6, 3.74 ERA, 15 BB, 57 K||Overall: 6 GS, 4-2, 2.57 ERA, 7 BB, 25 K|
|Key stat: 2.43 ERA in six September starts for Detroit||Key stat: Missed most of season recovering from Tommy John surgery|
|At Oakland Coliseum|
|2012: 0 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA
Career: 0 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA
| 2012: 2 GS, 2-0, 1.38 ERA
Career: 30 GS, 12-9, 3.55 ERA
|Against this opponent|
|2012: 1 GS, 0-1, 7.94 ERA
Career: 1 GS, 0-1, 7.94 ERA
|2012: 1 GS, 0-1, 11.57 ERA
Career:4 GS, 2-2, 3.78 ERA
|Loves to face: Brandon Moss, 1-for-6
Hates to face: Seth Smith, 6-for-13, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBIs
|Loves to face: Jhonny Peralta, 0-for-6, 2 K
Hates to face: Miguel Cabrera, 3-for-7, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB
|Why he'll win: Has allowed one run in past 15 1/3 innings||Why he'll win: Gave up just two earned runs in his first four 2012 starts (0.69 ERA)|
|Pitcher beware: Never pitched in a postseason atmosphere in seven-year career||Pitcher beware: Tigers put up three runs in 2 1/3 even before straining right oblique on Sept. 19|
|Bottom line: Keep September's momentum, don't get overwhelmed by the moment||Bottom line: Oblique injury can't linger against powerful Detroit lineup|
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.