Sanchez Day lineups: Tigers vs. Phillies

Anibal Sanchez gets a fairly regular Phillies lineup to test him in his first game action this spring. That includes Grapefruit League slugger Maikel Franco, he of the seven home runs so far, as well as Ryan Howard.

Radio-only broadcast today, on air at 1270 AM in Detroit and online at MLB Gameday Audio.

TIGERS

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Justin Upton, DH
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez, RF
  5. Tyler Collins, CF
  6. James McCann, C
  7. Mike Aviles, SS
  8. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  9. Andrew Romine, 3B

P: Anibal Sanchez, Francisco Rodriguez, Justin Wilson, Blaine Hardy, Lendy Castillo, Logan Kensing

PHILLIES

  1. David Lough, CF
  2. Tyler Goeddel, LF
  3. Maikel Franco, 3B
  4. Ryan Howard, DH
  5. Darin Ruf, 1B
  6. Cameron Rupp, C
  7. Cedric Hunter, RF
  8. Emmanuel Burriss, 2B
  9. Ryan Jackson, SS

P: Aaron Nola, David Hernandez, Luis Garcia, Severino Gonzalez, Reinier Roibal

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Oh man, if Sanchie can build off this start! No-No through 4IP with only 1BB. I hope he remains healthy in 2016.

I guess Hardy does not want the job. Boyd or Ryan are the candidates to be the second LH

Justin Wilson and Hardy not very sharp lately. Plus 8 BB’s this game alone is bad habit from last season.

I don’t see Hardy as a guy who can go much further than he already has in the bigs. He looked good last year but in reality, compared to what?
JW is a concern though. He has god enough stuff to be getting better results. Maybe working on a new pitch?
Anibal was very encouraging today.

What are the options left for Hardy, Greene, Norris, Boyd? That may come into play going into the season. The setup bullpen looks far from ready for 2016.

All them have at least one option

Justin Wilson,expected to regress.he improved at a LHP friendly park

Avila has done a good job of re-stocking the minor league depth charts at many positions and hopefully pitching. Does he need to find a SOLID middle relief/6th/7th inning proven pitcher and use one of the surplus OF’s/IF’s/Holiday or Salty?

As far as Hardy is concerned, it’s just ST. He is 29 and entering his prime years, with 2 MLB seasons under his belt during which he has been very good. Last year, Hardy appeared in 70 games, the 9th most in the AL. In all, Hardy has pitched in 108 games, compiling a composite 2.87 ERA with 7 wins and 4 losses. Hitters have only managed a .251 BA against him during that period. In my opinion, Hardy has proven to be a stalwart reliever, leaving little to worry about except for the bane of all pitchers, an injury.

I just read an article penned by Jason Beck: “Justin Wilson and Blaine Hardy are on the team, regardless of ST numbers, because they’ve had success in the regular season.”

Hardy’s performance currently falls under the category of “It’s just spring training.” That said, one scout noted his fastball is down a few ticks while his changeup is about the same.

Numbers don’t lie—they just don’t forecast the future. I think Hardy will not even come close to matching prior numbers. JMHO

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