"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get." - Forest Gump
Forest Gump's famous quote perfectly sums up Jonathan Sanchez as a pitcher. He drives San Francisco Giants fans nuts. Sanchez can sometimes give the perfect dark chocolate morsel that you are craving and sometimes he goes out there and he is a gross coconut thing that chocolatiers put in there to mess with your head.
There are days where Sanchez looks like he is an ace of the staff and last night was certainly one of those nights. He was in perfect rhythm after a tough 1st inning and then just blew through the Rockies potent lineup. He struck out 7 straight batters and it looked like it was easy for him.
The strike outs have always been there, he is second in k/9 in the National League and 10th in strikeouts and the only reason he is not higher is because he doesn't have as many innings as the other leaders. At the same time he leads all of baseball in walks.
He is a hard guy to hit but he always seems to give teams too many chances with free passes and by falling behind in the count. When he doesn't have the right mind frame he beats himself.
Then there are days where you have no idea where his head is and he will walk the bases loaded through a couple of wild pitches and give up a bloop 2 run single that knocks him out of the game before the end of the third inning.
As you can see Sanchez has thrown some gems this season, with the game last night only ranking as his third best according to game score. The maddening part is he has so much trouble keeping away from the disaster games.
I will say that this season has been much better then the rest of his career for consistency but that is only because it was incredibly volatile before.
You never know and that is what drives us crazy.
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