Only once in his first four starts has Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson pitched more than five complete innings, and that came in his first start of the season.
Anderson has been relieved after 73, 72 and 74 pitches in his past three starts, reaching the sixth inning just once. The oft-injured pitcher has been subject to a bit of bad luck, allowing five infield singles in his start on the road against the San Francisco Giants on April 21, but has also failed to break through and have a solid start from start to finish. On Monday night at Dodger Stadium against the Giants, the left-hander was given a four-run lead early on before allowing three runs in the fifth and being removed for reliever Carlos Frias.
According to Dodgers Nation reporter Matt Moreno, the 27-year-old was upset with his performance:
Fortunately, we got the win. But from my perspective, it’s frustrating because these guys handed me a four-run lead,” Anderson said. “I was able to get a shutdown inning after that, but then I wasn’t able to prolong it.”
Luckily for the Dodgers, both Zack Greinke and Scott Baker made it through seven innings in the past two games, so the bullpen wasn’t as taxed. Frias, Adam Liberatore, Yimi Garcia and Chris Hatcher combined to finish the game without allowing any more runs.
Despite the strong performance from the bullpen, Anderson doesn’t want to make anyone pitch that shouldn’t have to:
I could have saved the bullpen a little bit and not used those guys. I’ve got to do better – either make them hit it hard at somebody or make better pitches to get swings and misses. But some adjustments have to be made.”
With Brandon McCarthy out for the season, the Dodgers will need Anderson to get deeper into games, especially with the rotation unsettled at the moment.
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