Although we sometimes focus on the big names like Felix Hernandez, Monday night produced excellent pitching results for two other Venezuelans in MLB.
Aníbal Sánchez of Maracay and Detroit has had an up-and-down campaign after missing a lot of last season with an arm injury. After losing four in a row since mid-May, including two 7-run debacles, Aníbal has had two excellent starts in a row, pitching 16 2/3 innings and beating Chicago (Cubs) and Cincinnati. Monday’s Cincy-shutdown was a modern baseball rarity–the complete-game shutout. Maybe Aníbal should go back to the National League; he seems to do well there.
And speaking of the NL East, where Aníbal once reigned with the Florida Marlins, Williams Pérez has risen from the ashes of his first start to become a reliable cog for the Bravos of Atlanta.
After Williams’ first relief appearance against Washington on May 8–two walks and a single sandwiched around a Bryce Harper home run–his ERA stood at a solid 108.00. Since then the big righty has made six starts and a handful of relief appearances and lowered that number to 2.29. The big righty (6’1″, 230 lbs) from Acarigua in Portuguesa State–he’s a big, bad llanero–hung another positive number on his ledger against the Medias Rojas of Boston, pitching six shutout innings to run his record to 3-0 (he also has one save).
On Wednesday, King Felix does return to the mound–against Madison Bumgarner, no less–but we take a moment to congratulate his criollo brothers on their solid Monday performances.