Sanchez (0-3) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two over 2.2 innings in a loss to the Mets on Wednesday. Sanchez began last season with an 0-6 record and 5.27 ERA in his first eight starts, and he's off to another miserable start in 2020. He bounced back in a major way down the stretch last year, but it's hard to feel good about him following a similar path over the final six weeks of this season. Sanchez had just five swinging strikes on 71 pitches Wednesday and has given up five homers now in only 13 innings. The 36-year-old will attempt to start righting the ship next week.
Sanchez (0-2) allowed five runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out four over 5.1 innings as he was charged with the loss Friday against the Orioles. Sanchez had a long layoff since his last start due to the postponement of the team's series against the Marlins. He was hit hard early on during his return to the mound as he allowed runs in three of the first five innings prior to being removed from the game with one out in the sixth. The 36-year-old has now had two rough outings to begin the season as he carries a 7.84 ERA and 1.94 WHIP over 10.1 innings in his first two starts. His next chance to right the ship should come on the road Wednesday against the Mets.
Sanchez is listed as the Nationals' probable starter Friday against the Orioles. The 36-year-old hasn't taken the mound since July 27, since the three-game set in Miami was postponed last weekend following the Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak. Sanchez allowed four runs on six hits and had seven strikeouts and one walk over five innings during his season debut.
Sanchez (0-1) took the loss Monday as the Nationals fell 4-1 to the Blue Jays, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out seven. The whiffs were nice, but on a humid evening in DC, any ball the Jays put in the air off Sanchez went a long way -- all four runs for Toronto scored on solo shots. The veteran righty has had trouble with the long ball in the past, posting a 2.2 HR/9 in 2017 during a disastrous final stint in Detroit, but it's too early to assume he's headed for a repeat of his 6.41 ERA from that season.
Sanchez threw four innings in Sunday's intrasquad game, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. He appears well on track to be fully stretched out in time for his first turn in the rotation, which figures to be July 27 on the road against the Blue Jays. Sanchez gave up three runs while striking out eight and allowing seven hits and two walks in nine innings during spring training.