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"Anibal Sanchez bobbed and weaved his way through four innings last night, allowing just two runs on six hits. He’d thrown just 65 pitches, but in doing so had gone through the lineup twice. As I wrote earlier in the week, the Astros were the second-best team in baseball at taking advantage of seeing a starter a third time. Sanchez struggled badly this year when exposed a third time: .288/.352/.571, a 923 OPS allowed, against a 645 mark the first two times through. Based on pitching alone, letting Sanchez face the Astros a third time was not likely to go well for the Nationals."