Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez allowed four runs on six hits and three walks Saturday in San Francisco’s World Series Game 3 loss to the Rangers. Before that, he was touched up for two earned runs in a two-inning outing against the Phillies. He’s in line to make another start at the end of the seven-game Fall Classic, but many are arguing that he shouldn’t be allowed to take the hill again. And it’s not a bad argument.
Sanchez, 27, threw a career-high 193.1 innings during the 2010 regular season and has tacked on another 20 frames since the playoffs began. His highest innings total before 2010 was 163.1. He is tired, and it’s showing on the diminished velocity of his fastball and the lack of effectiveness seen on his breaking pitches.
The Giants might be wise to go with 21-year-old Madison Bumgarner in a potential Game 7. Sanchez is more experienced, sure, but he bears little resemblance right now to the crafty southpaw that struck out 205 batters during the regular season. Bumgarner, meanwhile, only seems to be getting stronger.
Sanchez told Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News that he feels “good” and that he’s not “down” about his poor postseason efforts. But that’s what any prideful pitcher is going to say.
The right move for Giants manager Bruce Bochy is to trust the youngster.
The Mets announced on Monday that starter Zack Wheeler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his right arm. Pitcher Tyler Pill has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Wheeler, 27, has a 5.21 ERA with an 81/40 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings this season. He joins a long list of injured Mets, including rotation mates Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Tommy Milone, and Robert Gsellman. It’s not clear at the moment how long Wheeler will be out.
Pill, 27, has spent most of his season with Las Vegas, with which he has a 3.47 ERA over 13 starts. He has made three starts and two relief appearances in the majors this season as well.
Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals are acquiring pitchers Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter, and Trevor Cahill from the Padres in exchange for Matt Strahm, Travis Wood, and Esteury Ruiz. Jon Heyman has confirmed the deal.
Maurer, 27, has saved 20 games for the Padres this year despite a 5.72 ERA. He carries with him a 38/8 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. The right-hander is arbitration-eligible going into the next two seasons and can become a free agent after the 2019 season.
Buchter, 30, owns a 3.05 ERA with a 47/18 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings of relief work this season with the Padres. He’ll be under team control through 2021.
Cahill, 29, has posted a 3.69 ERA with a 72/24 K/BB ratio in 61 innings across 11 starts. He can become a free agent after the season.
Strahm, 25, put up a 5.45 ERA with a 37/22 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He underwent season-ending knee surgery on July 7 and will miss the rest of the season.
Wood, 30, has a 6.91 ERA with a 29/20 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. Given his experience out of both the starting rotation and the bullpen, he can pitch in a swingman role. The lefty is under contract next year for $6.5 million. Wood has a mutual option for 2019 worth $8 million with a $1 million buyout.
Ruiz, 18, signed with the Royals as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in July 2015. This season, in rookie ball, he hit .419/.440/.779 in 91 plate appearances. Ruiz has played both second base and shortstop.