Giants Blog: Sanchez Rewarding Team's Faith In His Abilities

Johnathan Sanchez, San Francisco's young lefty, has been the subject of many trade rumors, all of which were thankfully not true, says McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's Giants blog.

If his last few starts are any indication, Sanchez is coming into his own. He struck out a career-high 12 and allowed one earned run on four hits in seven innings as the Giants defeated the Dodgers, 10-2, Thursday to move into first place.

Sanchez is 3-0 in his last three starts, allowing one earned run in 19 innings while striking out 25.

Giants fans have to be glad GM Brian Sabean didn't trade Sanchez, even though many were willing to drive Sanchez to the airport on his way out of town.

For all of the crap this site can shovel at Sabean’s feet, I think the most impressive thing he’s done in the past decade is refrain from trading Sanchez for pennies on the dollar.

[...] On a night that the Giants trounced the Dodgers and took over first place, Sabean has to get some credit. His restraint with Sanchez is the brightest feather in his cap. When Sanchez has his control, he’s a reasonable facsimile of Randy Johnson. You can’t just find those at Costco.

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