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  1. Looks like he needs to go to a relief role, maybe his fbv can jump 1-2 mph and he will regain that gap between the fb and change.

    Comment by Justin — July 18, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  2. He has always walked way too many guys to be an effective reliever, even when he was in his prime.

    Comment by Baltar — July 18, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  3. He’s always been the second coming of Oliver Perez in my eyes… and that’s not a compliment.

    Comment by chri521 — July 18, 2012 @ 1:40 pm

  4. I’ve always thought Sanchez was the second coming of Atlee Hammaker and destined to break Giants fans’ hearts. Looks like we dodged that bullet.

    I still think his problem is mental, but you make a compelling case, Wendy.

    Comment by Bigmouth — July 18, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

  5. Hey, at least Sanchez isn’t having the worst season of the two pitchers that the Royals acquired in the Melky Cabrera trade:
    2012 MLB ERA for Sanchez: 7.76
    2012 MLB ERA for Verdugo: 32.20

    OK, that might not cheer up Royals fans, but maybe Sanchez’ mom will feel better.

    Comment by Detroit Michael — July 18, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

  6. Yeah but you can be an average middle reliever with high walks, kinda like a Jose Veras type.

    Comment by Justin — July 18, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

  7. Small error, but Verdugo is a lefty, not a righty.

    Comment by Gadwin — July 18, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

  8. Well, technically Jonathan Sanchez is the 4th coming of Oliver Perez, 3rd coming of Scott Kazmir, 2nd coming of Francisco Liriano, and 1st coming of himself, the latter of which is not to be confused with masturbation unless you would prefer it that way. I mean, who am I to stop you from thinking about that.

    The family crest for this lineage depicts a shield surrounded by four baseballs and the image of Kazuhisa Ishii being devoured by a dragon.

    Comment by Choo — July 18, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  9. It’s probably mostly a physical problem leading to decreased velocity and less effective “stuff.” On the other hand, I’ve got to believe at least some of it is mental too. In 2011, it looked like the mound was the last place on Earth he wanted to be, like his mind was a thousand miles away or something.

    Whenever he was asked by reporters about the walk rates, he would get extremely defensive and insist that he did not regard it as a problem and did not have any plans to change his approach.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — July 18, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  10. I’ve thought that way about him for the last few years. The ‘good’ Sanchez was similar to the ‘good’ Perez, and it’s remarkable how they both fell off a cliff in similar fashion. Physically, they look like they can be brothers or cousins. Their skillsets are similar. They’ve always been seen as having great ‘stuff’ but not harnessing it enough. The main difference is that Ollie was able to score a nice 3-year deal before falling apart, while Sanchez won’t have that chance.

    Comment by vivalajeter — July 18, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

  11. :-)))

    Comment by Richie — July 18, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

  12. Correction: Sanchez is averaging fewer than 5 innings a start

    Comment by Richie — July 18, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

  13. Wendy, his cut FB had 2 stage break when he was on, sort in the same vein as Bumgarner’s does now. That’s just gone now. Nothing but line drives and hard contact. Oddly, with Bumgarner, same thing happens to him when that cut FB inside to RHB loses it’s tilt.

    Comment by channelclemente — July 18, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  14. Simple, he doesn’t have Rags as his pitching coach anymore.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — July 18, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

  15. He’s got to be hurt. I heard Keith Law say it last week and it makes a lot of sense. There’s an injury that he isn’t talking about or doesn’t realize. Sanchez was never an elite pitcher or anything, but pretty much everything you can do to measure a SP shows he went from erratic but useful to a mess in one offseason.

    Comment by Neil — July 18, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

  16. Not only were his innings pitched under 6 per start, they were under 5!

    Comment by Ben — July 18, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

  17. Thanks for picking up the errors, guys. All are fixed. The hazards of writing after everyone in the house has gone to sleep.

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — July 18, 2012 @ 4:25 pm

  18. You win.

    Comment by Elmo — July 18, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

  19. Hah wow…

    Comment by chri521 — July 18, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  20. If Omar was still around he would have received a 4 year deal.

    Comment by chri521 — July 18, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  21. I sadly admit that I thought this trade was not going to work out well for the Giants… I guess Sabean is allowed a good trade once a decade.

    Comment by Sabergid — July 18, 2012 @ 11:33 pm

  22. Really? Is the difference in fastball velocity that significant? Is there any data pointing to it being significant?

    Comment by gypsysoul — July 18, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

  23. This is beautiful.

    Comment by gnomez — July 19, 2012 @ 12:03 am

  24. According to my math, at the rate he is going, by 2016 his fastball will move at 86.36 MPH and his changeup will be 87.35 MPH. By 2019 his fastball will be 84.26 MPH and his changeup will be 90.61 MPH. And in 2027, when he is 45ish years old, his fastball will be 79.26 MPH and his changeup will be 99.89 MPH.

    IMO, he isn’t just failing, he is starting over. He is turning himself back into a prospect. The man is a genius.

    Comment by Jeff Mathis does Steroids — July 19, 2012 @ 12:52 am

  25. the big issue in velocity is the gap from fastball to his offspeed. Not much gap there, so, the reaction time is very similar. read, react, swing. You got the same basic time whether it is fastball or offspeed. You want a speedchange of more than 10mph. If they are to close, you get hammered, regardless of how fast your fastball is. It is called “off speed” for a reason.. make them look at something that is well off the speed of a fastball.

    Comment by Cidron — July 19, 2012 @ 2:35 am

  26. Jesus Jeff Mathis, even your jokes aren’t funny. Can you do anything correct?

    Comment by Shaun Catron — July 19, 2012 @ 5:43 am

  27. He was a mess last year with the Giants too.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — July 19, 2012 @ 9:36 am

  28. Mike Scioscia takes offense to this comment.

    Comment by Pinstripe Wizard — July 19, 2012 @ 10:38 am

  29. It appears he’s getting around the ball now as opposed to the 2010 footage. He has a little bit of a slinging motion anyway, but if you compare these clips to footage of his outing against the Mariners a few nights ago it’s more obvious.

    I hadn’t seen him pitch this season, but went back and reviewed the footage from the Mariners game. He looks like a pitcher hiding an injury.

    Comment by Cory — July 19, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

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