While his walks are up a bit this year (2.7 walks per 9 vs 2.14 in 2014) the strikeouts are also back near his career average, roughly 7.9 K/9. His groundball rate is down about 4%, too., but it's not a huge warning sign The projections see him as more of a 4.00 ERA pitcher going forward rather than the rotation filler that he’s pitched like recently. Sanchez is still a slightly above-average starter, very good news as he’s due almost $40 million over the next two seasons. That figure includes a $5 million buyout of a $16 million option for 2017. It’s possible Sanchez is declining, but it shouldn’t be as dreadful for him going forward.