See Dexter Fowler Syndrome just with the Detroit Tigers instead of the Rockies and pitchers instead of position players. This is the one instance in which being on the Tigers can be to a player's detriment.
Anibal Sanchez is having an unbelievable year.
For starters (no pun intended), he's both made history and nearly made history several times this year. As shown above, Sanchez set a franchise record with the Tigers when he fanned 17 (naturally it was a career-high for him as well) Atlanta Braves on April 26. Jay Jaffe of SI.com expanded on why this performance was especially notable:
Of the 16 previous times a pitcher has notched at least 17 strikeouts since the 1993 expansion, only four did so with fewer pitches, with [Johan] Santana’s 112-pitch outing the lowest.
On May 24, Sanchez nearly had a no-hitter against the Minnesota Twins before Joe Mauer turned it into a one-hitter with two outs to go in the ninth.
In 2013, Sanchez is 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA, 89 strikeouts, a 4.94:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 1.13 WHIP in 71 innings pitched. He has never had better numbers. Among AL pitchers, Sanchez is tenth in ERA, 15th in WHIP and third in strikeouts. Right on the cusp.
What pushes Sanchez into the "snub" category is intra-team competition: Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.
Scherzer is a perfect 7-0 with a 3.42 ERA, 91 strikeouts, a .89 WHIP and a 5.01 strikeout-to-walk ratio. From that comparison, Scherzer clearly comes out on top. Then there's the curious case of Justin Verlander. Verlander has had a disappointing year. He's 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and 87 strikeouts. But he will make the team because he's Justin freaking Verlander. Considering Miggy, Torii Hunter, Jhonny Peralta, Scherzer and Verlander all range from most likely to indubitably going to the Classic, Sanchez's uniform and borderline stats will keep him from joining them.