Aaron Sanchez dominated the San Diego Padres tonight in front of 41,000 plus in Toronto. Sanchez went 7 innings, scattering 3 hits and struck out seven.
Sanchez, just 24 years old, is 11 and 1 on the year with a 2.72 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 131 innings pitched. While the the AL East is not as impressive as it has been in years past, Sanchez is 5 and 0 against divisional foes and has kept the Toronto rotation stable in the wake of the David Price departure from this past off-season.
Marcus Stroman (and his 4.90 ERA) has been a roller coaster this year, while R.A. Dickey (4.44 ERA) has also struggled at for most of the season. J.A. Happ (13 and 3) is in the midst of a career year, but at the age of 33, this season seems like more of an anomaly than anything else.
The Blue Jays are 2.5 back of the Red Sox but seem to be getting healthy at the right time. If the Jays can properly manage Sanchez’s innings, he should be able to keep them competitive every fifth day and within striking distance of an AL East title.