Don’t feel bad if you missed it, but Aaron Sanchez struck out 11 batters in his last outing this past Sunday. Yes, 11. It was the second-most strikeouts in a single start in his entire career. Due to the lack of fanfare, Sanchez’ 11-K effort might’ve been the least-publicized high strikeout game in recent memory.
It’s been nearly two years since a Blue Jays starter struck out 11 or more batters in a game (Marco Estrada was the last to do it on May 21st, 2017). For Sanchez to suddenly strike out 11 batters in a single game is surprising, but then again, it’s not all that unsurprising. After all, this is a pitcher who’s always possessed swing-and-miss stuff.
On Sunday against the White Sox, Sanchez tied his career high for the most swings and misses in a game with 18 whiffs. Strikeouts and swinging strikes aside, Sanchez was knocked around the White Sox. But that sudden uptick in strikeouts got me wondering … has Sanchez finally figured it out? Or is he on the right path, at least?
Sanchez is nearly three seasons removed from his breakout 2016 campaign and the Blue Jays have been waiting patiently for him to return to …
Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation