"It is definitely a huge step forward from where I was last year," Sanchez said. "This year, I started off really hot, but I have and there are going to be times where I give up a run."
Sanchez's numbers truly show how dominant he has been this season. He has a record of 6-0 with a 0.77 ERA, he has struck out 53 batters and walked 28, and opponents are batting only .158 against him.
"It is just going out there and I try pitching consistently," Sanchez said. "My last few starts weren't the way I may have wanted them to be, but those five days I have to work with in between starts, I work hard to get back to where I need to be."
Sanchez and pitcher Justin Nicolino had spent the first half of the season "piggy backing" games with each other, throwing three to four innings a piece. Manager John Tamargo and company are confident in the paired system and the pitchers in the rotations.
"It helps in getting them through the season, so their innings are not cut off and that we don't have to shut them down in early August," Tamargo said. "We want them to be able to pitch into September."
The pitchers appreciate the system and they notice its moving them along, but those like Sanchez are motivated to take on a day of his own.
"I finally have my own day, so that's a plus, but it seemed to work well," Sanchez said. "It wasn't a fun eight innings for the other team with the bullpen picking up one inning for us."
Sanchez pitching his own day of the week is a good move forward and interestingly enough, he does not plan on changing much within the way he carries himself, game in and game out.
"I don't think it changes. I am still going to work hard in between the time I start and the time I start again. We have always pitched every fifth day," Sanchez said. "I just think it is going to make me more anxious every fifth day now that I get to start."
Sanchez is eager for his own day to start and he knows that his work ethic has prepared himself for this next step he had been anticipating.
"We have been waiting a while for this day," Sanchez said. "I think we're ready to see what we can do on our own every fifth day."
Sanchez set his routine, planned out his process to progress and works hard to accomplish what he sets himself out to do. For example, he has put a focus upon the command of his pitches; his fastball, curve and change.
"My fastball has gotten much better from the time I have signed up until now," Sanchez said. "I think my changeup has improved the most, in terms of the action and the command. I still have a good curveball, and that's sometimes hit or miss. It is not where I want it to be right now, but I think the five days that Vince and I are working to hammer these things down together will help."
Another aspect of Sanchez's game that himself and pitching coach Vince Horsman have worked on since the beginning of the year to this point is the delivery of his pitches.
"They are just minor changes with his hands and his tempo. I have noticed the difference and he feels the difference. It is just the matter of getting comfortable with all of those little tweaks and becoming consistent with it," Horsman said. "He is incorporating his own personality into his delivery and so far, I am pleased with his progress."
As Horsman stated, Sanchez does see and feel the difference with his delivery. He is glad that their hard work together is paying off.
"It [the delivery] needs to stay consistent, pitch after pitch," Sanchez said. "It becomes second nature, so when I go out to the mound, I don't have to worry about anything except for going after the hitters."
The Lugnuts' incredible first half of the season can be largely accredited to the outstanding pitching staff. One of those pitchers leading the surge is Aaron Sanchez. He is handling his first year with the Lugnuts with great maturity and rolling along with the season.
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