One of the more consistent players for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season has been Brett Anderson. The 27-year-old left-hander signed a one-year contract in December and went on to make a career-high 31 starts.
Anderson went 10-9 with 3.69 ERA, 3.94 FIP and 1.33 WHIP, emerging as the Dodgers’ No. 3 starter due to season-ending injuries to Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Anderson was rewarded for his consistency by getting named the third starter behind Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in the National League Division series matchup against the New York Mets.
“I’m excited. I’ve been here all year, and this is one of the reasons why I chose [to sign with] the Dodgers,” Anderson said of being named the Game 3 starter. “Hopefully I can do what I’ve been doing all year, and slide in behind the two best pitchers in baseball and do my part to give us a chance to win.”
The southpaw has experience starting in the postseason during his tenure with the Oakland Athletics. In 2012 Anderson threw six strong innings in a start against the Detroit Tigers and only allowed two hits in a shutout victory.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Anderson believes there’s a way to prepare for postseason play, particularly for someone with his type of personality. “I’m about as boring and even-keeled as you can get. I need enough caffeine and heavy metal to get me up for a normal start. It’s kind of like feel out the game once you get out there and block everything out,” he said.
“It’s you, the hitter and the umpire. That’s kind of all you can see and everything else blurs itself out naturally. It’ll be fun warming up and hearing the cheers and boos, and whatever interesting things people in New York have to say to me. I’m excited for all that stuff.”
The Game 3 atmosphere should be more intense than initially expected given Chase Utley’s hard slide that fractured Ruben Tejada’s right fibula. Anderson has never faced the Mets in his career.