Colorado Rockies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers: Five Players To Watch
By Kevin Henry
Let’s be perfect honest … Tyler Anderson hasn’t looked like the Tyler Anderson of 2016 so far this season. In his three outings, Anderson has surrendered 14 runs in 14.2 innings. Part of that can be attributed to the 18 hits he’s given up in his outings. Opponents are hitting .305 against him this season. He’s averaged 88.67 pitches per appearance … and has never reached the sixth inning yet. That has to change.
Another thing that has to change is Anderson’s ability to get crucial outs at crucial times. So far in 2017, opponents have tagged the 27-year-old with a 22.09 ERA when there are runners in scoring position. Teams are hitting .412 during those opportune moments.
So what’s the key for Anderson? Getting ahead in the count. When he gets ahead, opponents are hitting .136 against him. When he’s behind, that number balloons to .357. His ERA also jumps from 2.70 to 10.80.
What to watch: Can Tyler Anderson get Justin Turner out? In 2016, Turner hit 6-for-9 against Anderson. This season, he’s 1-for-3 with a two-run double. That’s 7-for-12 over two seasons and a sure sign that Turner is a trouble spot that needs to be erased for Anderson to succeed.