Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca noted Houston also added right-handed reliever Joe Biagini in the deal, while Toronto received outfielder Derek Fisher.
The 27-year-old Sanchez is enduring the toughest year of his career, having gone 3-14 with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.69 WHIP in 23 starts. Not only does he lead the majors in losses, but his ERA and WHIP are also on pace to be his worst of any season in which he pitched at least 90 innings.
This comes just three years after he was selected to the American League All-Star team, when he went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA for the Blue Jays in 2016.
Although a change of scenery could rejuvenate Sanchez, his 2019 home-road splits have not been pleasant in any location:
- Home: 11 starts, 2-6, 57.1 IP, 5.34 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, seven home runs, 59 strikeouts, 28 walks
- Road: 12 starts, 1-8, 55.1 IP, 6.83 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, eight home runs, 40 strikeouts, 31 walks
One bright spot, though, has been his ability to induce grounders. His 47.0 ground-ball percentage ranks 11th among American League starting pitchers, per FanGraphs.
Sanchez joins a Houston squad that already features 2011 American League Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, three-time All-Star Gerrit Cole and 2012 All-Star Wade Miley in the rotation. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the Astros also acquired 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke at the deadline from the Arizona Diamondbacks.