The Dodgers were all set and ready to ride into the All-Star Game with 4 different players making the National League squad. Mookie Betts and Trea Turner will start at their positions, while Tony Gonsolin and Clayton Kershaw were both picked as starting pitchers.
But there was a late addition for them this year. MLB announced today that Tyler Anderson would be one of the alternates for the All-Star Game this week. The Dodgers pitcher makes it into the game and becomes their fifth player to do so.
Alternates are chosen due to a number of reasons. Sometimes players don’t want to make the trip to the game, but it’s often injuries that result in new players being added. It just happened to work out in the Dodgers’ favor this time.
Anderson has been one of the best surprises for the Dodgers this season. It seems like between him and Tony Gonsolin, the back part of the rotation has to be the best in all of baseball. Anderson has won 10 games and leads the team in innings pitched.
Initially a bullpen option for the Dodgers, he slotted right in due to injuries to starters. It’s hard to imagine where this team would be without him this year. Congrats on your first All-Star Game Tyler!
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