The Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitching has been one of the best in baseball this season, despite losing two projected starters in Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the season. The majority of the rotation’s success is thanks in large part to aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
However, Brett Anderson has more than held his own and been key to keeping the Dodgers afloat as he was essentially promoted to the third pitcher in the rotation. Now with the acquisitions of Mat Latos and Alex Wood, Anderson is still taking a back seat, something that according to Mark Saxon of ESPN, he doesn’t mind:
I can kind of sit back and not talk and judge and make observations in the corner and go out there every five, six or seven days and do my part and, at the end of the year, hopefully I can make as many starts as I can and dwell on it then,” Anderson said. “I like it. I’m out of the limelight and let those guys have the spotlight.”
The 27-year-old left-hander, who the Dodgers signed to a one-year deal with visions of him being their fifth starter, is 6-6 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.28 WHIP over 22 starts this season. Anderson’s ERA ranks 14th in the National League and his 260 groundball outs rank first in the Majors.
Additionally, the 22 starts are the most Anderson has made since taking the mound 30 times during his rookie season in 2009.