The Bill Chuck Files: Two for Tuesday

Don’t underestimate the defensive value of Alex Avila behind the plate for the Tigers. In 2010, his pitchers had a 4.47 ERA; in 2011, it was 3.88; and last season, it was 3.59.

Anibal Sanchez is a consistent innings-eater, pitching 195.0, 196.2, and 195.2 innings over the last three years respectively.