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Apr 12, 2024 6.0 0 2 3.52 11
Apr 7, 2024 4.1 0 1 4.82 -3.5
Apr 1, 2024 5.0 0 0 3.60 11

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Cristopher Sanchez missed the last half of spring training with soreness in his left triceps. He came off the IL in late April to make a start in a doubleheader, then was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Sanchez wasn't pitching well, but the Phillies needed rotation help, so they recalled Sanchez in mid-June. Something clicked as the right-handers went on to start 17 more games, with one relief appearance. His 3.44 ERA was fully supported by its estimators, though Sanchez benefited from a .272 BABIP, which is low for a pitcher with a 57 percent ground ball rate. His four percent walk rate was much lower than previous seasons, while his 24.2 strikeout clip matched his minor league track record. Sanchez isn't assured of a spot in the opening day rotation, but he merits a long look in the spring. He'll be hard-pressed to match his 1.05 WHIP as his BABIP is likely to increase as well as giving back some of the control gains exhibited lasts season. Sanchez's three-pitch mix, featuring a 92-mph sinker, changeup and slider doesn't portend a front-end starter, but Sanchez could be a reliable back-end fantasy guy, shielded from the most potent lineups.

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2024 18.56.2 15.3 2 15 7 3.52 1.43
2023 21811.5 99.3 3 5 96 16 3.44 1.05
2022 67.54.5 40.0 2 2 1 35 17 5.63 1.38
3y Avg. 1047.4 50.7 2 2 0 48 13 4.09 1.18
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Hit with second loss

    Sanchez (0-2) took the loss Friday against Pittsburgh, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out six batters across six innings. Sanchez put together a quality start against the Pirates and got back to recording strikeouts at a rate similar to what fantasy managers are used to from the 27-year-old, but a lack of run support caused him to take his second loss of the season. The lefty now owns a 3.52 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 15:7 K:BB through 15.1 innings over three starts and is in line to start again at home Wednesday against the Rockies.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Takes loss against Nats

    Sanches (0-1) took the loss Sunday versus Washington, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks across 4.1 innings. He struck out one batter. Sanchez's strikeout production took a 180 on Sunday, going from eight K's over five innings in his 2024 debut to just a single punchout. While the thought of Sanchez becoming a plus-strikeout pitcher was nice for fantasy managers who've invested in him, Sanchez has a career K/9 of 8.7 in 42 big-league appearances (23 starts) and will likely settle in near that number this season. He's tentatively scheduled to face the Pirates for his next start.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Collects eight strikeouts

    Sanchez did not factor into the decision Monday against the Reds, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk over five innings. He struck out eight. Sanchez blew away the Reds on Monday with an electric three-pitch mix of fastballs, changeups and sliders to gather eight strikeouts. The Phillies lefty showed increased average velocity on both his fastball (94.3-mph, up from 92.1-mph in 2023) and changeup (84.5-mph, up from 81.8-mph in 2023) over his 85-pitch outing. He managed to toss a clean five innings before being lifted in the sixth after allowing a walk and double. Sanchez is tentatively slated to face the Nationals on the road in his next start.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Starting Monday's series opener

    Sanchez is listed as the Phillies' probable starting pitcher for Monday's game against the Reds in Philadelphia. Sanchez was never in any real danger of missing out on a spot in the Phillies' Opening Day rotation, though his fantasy managers may want to tread carefully with him even as he heads into a likely two-start week, with his second turn set to come Sunday in Washington. The lefty was hit hard over his three Grapefruit League starts, giving up seven earned runs on 15 hits and three walks while striking out five over 7.1 innings.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Working on cutter

    Sanchez is introducing a cutter to his repertoire this spring, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Sanchez debuted back in 2021 but got his first extended run in the rotation in 2023, finishing with a 3.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 18 starts and one relief appearance. Backing up those marks was a strong set of peripherals, as his strikeout rate (24.2 percent), walk rate (4.0 percent) and groundball rate (57.0 percent) all beat league average by a wide margin in the latter two cases. He lines up as the Phillies' fifth starter (barring a potential late free-agent addition) and will look to maintain or improve on those numbers of a full-season workload. Given that he threw only three pitches (sinker, changeup and slider) last season, the addition of a fourth weapon could help him do just that, particularly as it could make the Phillies more comfortable asking him to go deeper into games.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Set to start Game 4

    Sanchez will start Game 4 of the NLCS on Friday against the Diamondbacks, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Taijuan Walker was the presumed starter for Game 4, but Sanchez will instead get the ball in a pivotal matchup. Sanchez pitched well during the regular season, maintaining a 3.44 ERA with a 20.2 K-BB% across 99.1 innings. He has yet to appear in a postseason contest during his career.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Possible waiver wire pickups

    Cristopher Sanchez's seven-inning gem Sunday against the Mets marked the second time in three starts that he recorded 10 strikeouts, which shows that the first time (against the Braves, actually) wasn't a fluke. But just as important is the fact he lasted seven innings. There was talk after the first 10-strikeout effort that he would share his starts with Michael Lorenzen moving forward, which might limit him to four innings at a time, and indeed, he lasted only four innings in the one start in between the two 10-strikeout efforts. But he also wasn't pitching so well in that one, which is just as plausible of an explanation for his early removal. Sunday's outing would seem to confirm it, in fact. If there are no artificial limitations on his workload, why shouldn't we start Sanchez against the Mets again next time out? He's an elite strike-thrower and ground-ball generator who's showing newfound swing-and-miss ability with a wipeout changeup.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Punches out 10 in win

    Sanchez (3-5) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over seven innings Sunday, striking out 10 and earning a win over the Mets. Sanchez kept the Mets off the board until Ronny Mauricio belted a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Sanchez forced 20 whiffs for the second time this month; prior to racking up 21 swinging strikes against Atlanta on Sept. 13, his season high was just 12. He's been shaky since the start of August, posting a 4.24 ERA in nine starts, but he's recorded a strong 54:8 K:BB during that stretch. Sanchez will carry a 3.48 ERA into his next start, which is currently lined up to be on the road against the Mets.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Set for tandem start

    Sanchez is expected to be piggybacked by Michael Lorenzen in his next scheduled start Tuesday in Atlanta, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. With the Phillies likely to pare down their six-man rotation to five as the regular season winds down, Lorenzen looks set to make his first appearance as a reliever since the 2021 season. Sanchez will keep his rotation spot over Lorenzen for now, but both pitchers could be moved to the bullpen once the postseason begins. With manager Rob Thomson not clarifying exactly how long he plans to have Sanchez work before giving way to Lorenzen, Sanchez could struggle to reach the five innings he would need to qualify for a win. Sanchez would tentatively line up for his second start of the week next Sunday against the Mets, but he could be piggybacked by Lorenzen for that game, too.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Possible waiver wire pickups

    What makes Sanchez's career-high 10 strikeouts Wednesday all the more impressive is that they came against the historic pitcher demolition crew that is the Braves lineup. Sure, he served up a couple home runs, leading to four earned runs total, but he lasted beyond seven innings for the first time ever and just kept racking up whiffs. His velocity was up about 1.5 mph across the board, and he threw his changeup 49 percent of the time instead of the usual 30 percent, collecting 18 swinging strikes on it alone. If he turns out to be some measure of bat-misser to go along with his elite ground-ball rate, then his upside is high indeed. The one concern for him heading into a two-turn week is that there's been talk of him piggybacking with Michael Lorenzen, presumably with Sanchez taking the early innings, so his outings may be limited moving forward. Still, he's likely to show up in my sleeper pitchers for Week 26.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Goes five scoreless in no-decision

    Sanchez did not factor into the decision Friday, allowing four hits and one walk over five scoreless innings against Miami. He struck out four. He had an eight-day layoff after his previous start, but the extra rest did him good. Sanchez kept the Marlins off the board and left the game in line for the win. However, the Phillies' bullpen allowed three runs to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Sanchez has now allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his 15 outings this season. He'll carry an ERA of 3.26 into his next start, currently scheduled to take place mid-week in an important home series against Atlanta.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Possible waiver wire pickups

    What stands out most about Sanchez's start Friday against the Cardinals is how little it stands out at all. It was his third in a row with almost the exact same stat line (six innings, two earned runs, about a strikeout per), and in fact, only twice in his past 10 starts has he allowed more than two earned runs. The consistency is pretty easy to explain. His 57.6 percent ground-ball rate would rank second to Logan Webb if he had the innings to qualify, and his 4.3 percent walk rate would rank fifth, also behind Webb. Come to think of it, his strikeout rate is also on par with Webb. He's basically Logan Webb! It's of course too early to conclude that for a rookie whose minor-league track record is nothing to write home about, but it's not too early to make a play for Sanchez in Fantasy.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Quality start leads to second win

    Sanchez (2-3) earned the win Friday, allowing two runs on five hits and zero walks over six innings against St. Louis. He struck out six. Sanchez dug a hole early, allowing a two-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, but he then settled down and didn't allow another run the remainder of his outing. Sanchez has provided quality innings for the Phillies this year, allowing three or fewer runs in 12 of 13 starts. He'll take a 3.33 ERA into his next start, which is currently scheduled to take place Wednesday afternoon at home against the Angels.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Possible waiver wire pickups

    Sanchez didn't look like anything special coming out of Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he had a 4.35 ERA and 1.45 WHIP, but so far, he can do no wrong in the majors. He put that hypothesis to the test Sunday, no-hitting the Pirates over five innings to bring his ERA down to 2.66 and his WHIP down to 0.91. His 55 percent ground-ball rate speaks to his ability to avoid damage on contact, but that ability was evident in the minors as well. More notable is that he's issued 1.5 BB/9 during his time in the majors compared to 5.3 BB/9 at Triple-A and 4.2 BB/9 over his minor-league career. That sort of about-face still seems too good to be true even nine starts in, but if it is true, Sanchez might be able to make another Ranger Suarez-level impact.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Throws five no-hit innings

    Sanchez did not factor into the decision Sunday, allowing two walks over five hitless innings against the Pirates. He struck out three. Sanchez also hit three batters before departing the game after five innings without allowing a hit. The 26-year-old left-hander has still yet to earn a win this season despite pitching to a 2.12 ERA over his last six starts. Overall, Sanchez is 0-3 with a 2.66 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 41:8 K:BB across nine starts (47.1 innings) this season. He'll look to get in the win column in his next outing, currently scheduled for next week against Kansas City.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Settles for no-decision Wednesday

    Sanchez didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Brewers, giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out three. An Edmundo Sosa error in the second inning contributed to a three-run inning for Milwaukee, but Sanchez otherwise held the Brewers in check and saw his offense tie the game up before he left the mound. The southpaw has worked at least five innings and allowed three runs or fewer in five straight starts, posting a 3.00 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 20:3 K:BB through 27 innings over that stretch as he helps steady the back of the Phillies' rotation. Sanchez's next outing lines up at home early next week against the Orioles.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Downed by Padres

    Sanchez (0-3) took the loss Friday, allowing three runs on three hits and one walk over five innings against the Padres. He struck out five. The lefty came into this one riding high, having posted a 2.84 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 22:4 K:BB over his first five starts for the Phillies this season (25.1 innings). He was brought down a peg Friday, though it was still a respectable showing, with all the damage being done on a pair of long balls. Sanchez has some streaming appeal, but he'll likely need to keep performing at this level in order to maintain his starting job after the trade deadline. The Phillies are in the mix for a wild-card spot and could add a starting pitcher.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Set for Friday's start

    Sanchez (hand) is set to take his next scheduled turn in the Phillies rotation Friday against the Mets, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports. Sanchez took a comebacker off his left hand Saturday in Oakland, but X-rays turned up clean for any structural damage and he'll be ready to toe the slab in Friday's series opener. The 26-year-old southpaw has pitched to a 3.24 ERA with 10 strikeouts through two major-league starts (8.1 innings) this season for Philly.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: On track for next start

    Sanchez is dealing with some soreness in his left hand but is expected to make his next turn through the rotation Friday versus the Mets, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The 26-year-old exited Saturday's outing in Oakland after being struck by a comebacker, but he appears to have avoided a notable injury with X-rays coming back negative. The Phillies have a scheduled day off Monday, so Sanchez could also be pushed back in the rotation a couple days without the team needing to add another starter.
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  • Phillies' Cristopher Sanchez: Promoted ahead of start

    The Phillies recalled Sanchez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Sanchez will be making his second major-league start of the season Saturday against Oakland. The 26-year-old lefty surrendered three earned runs on five hits while striking out five batters over the course of 4.1 frames in his first start against the Rockies in April. He also holds a 1.50 ERA and 1.11 WHIP across his last three minor-league starts, so it's possible his momentum carries over into the bigs. Luis Ortiz was optioned to Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.
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