A scout's take
Success -- He's very consistent. He repeats his delivery well. And he has an outstanding sinker. He's a one- or two-pitch guy. He relies on that sinker, but he is so consistent that he just pounds the ball in the ground and relies on the professional guys behind him and they just get outs.
Demeanor -- I'm really impressed at how he has improved. He doesn't get riled up. He doesn't veer from his game. He is a young guy that hasn't tried to do things he's not capable of doing.
Overall -- When [Mike] Mussina went down and the other guys stumbled it seemed like his game went up another gear and that's what impressed me more than anything. He very well might pitch Game 2 of a playoff series, which no one would have predicted five months ago. I don't think he was on anyone's radar for a game like that.
Note -- "A scout's take" features one major league scout's opinion on a particular player each week. A revolving roundtable of scouts is used. Because of potential tampering, the scouts are anonymous.
"I'm going to remember this every morning, every day."
Florida Marlins rookie right-hander Anibal Sanchez, 22, on his no-hitter Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks that came in his 13th big league start. It was the first no-hitter since Randy Johnson's perfect game May 18, 2004, ending the longest no-hitter drought in modern major league history.
Road wins by the Colorado Rockies since the All-Star break. They are 6-23 away from Coors Field in the second half.
The Chicago White Sox have the roughest road of all the American League contenders this week. They travel to Anaheim for three games starting tomorrow and then have a three-game series next weekend in Oakland. The Athletics have to go to Minnesota for three starting tomorrow. The Boston Red Sox visit Yankee Stadium next weekend, but that matchup no longer is key to the postseason. In the National League, the San Diego Padres face important three-game series at Cincinnati and Los Angeles. Two potential wild-card contenders, the Philadelphia Phillies and Astros, face off in Houston starting Friday. The resurgent Florida Marlins host the New York Mets for three games before traveling to Atlanta.