The Los Angeles Dodgers’ last two Spring Training games coincided with a final tuneup for Brandon McCarthy Friday night and Brett Anderson Saturday night.
McCarhty came away from his start glad that Spring Training was now behind him, but not pitching at the level he hoped to. He allowed two runs — both coming on a David Freese home run — and just two hits in three innings of the Dodgers’ loss.
Similarly, Anderson also allowed two runs in three innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, however he was pushed around for seven hits. It was the second time this spring Anderson wasn’t particularly sharp against the Dodgers’ crosstown opponent.
Following his start, the 27-year-old left-hander was hypercritical of his performance, but pleased with his health and believes better pitching lies ahead he was happy with his health but didn’t pull any punches when assessing his performance, via ESPN:
My stuff was terrible — borderline embarrassing. But physically, I felt fine,” Anderson said. “My breaking ball was terrible and my command wasn’t very good, but it happens. I’m just happy to be healthy, and I know my stuff will be there when I need it to be.”
Anderson also said the lackluster outing has given him additional motivation for the regular season, according to Pedro Moura of the OC Register:
If I wasn’t motivated before – which I was – this sour taste of my mouth in my last outing is going to motivate me even more,” Anderson said.
With Hyun-Jin Ryu set to open the season on the disabled list, McCarthy has been elevated from the club’s No. 4 starter to No. 3, and Anderson from fifth to fourth. The former is scheduled to make his regular season debut Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.
Meanwhile, Anderson is slated to take the mound Friday when the Dodgers travel to Arizona to face the Diamondbacks, a team the left-hander has faced just once during the regular season in his career. However, Anderson did see the Diamondbacks in Spring Training this year and threw six scoreless innings.