Colorado Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Rockies manager Bud Black spoke to the media after their 6-0 win against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night, including our own Kevin Henry.
Jonathan Lucroy spoke to the media after Tuesday’s win. Here is some of what he had to say about working with Rockies starter Tyler Anderson for the win.
"“We had a really good game plan going into tonight. He does a lot of preparation which makes my job a lot easier and we reaped the benefits of it tonight. He went out and executed [and] kept their big guys off balance, limited the walks, and just made good pitches. We had some double play balls that got us out of some innings…”"
He has also seen a lot of progression from Anderson since he returned from the disabled list.
"“The first time I caught him was a couple of weeks ago but he progressively gotten better and better. He’s a lot of fun to catch…He has his deceptive little leg kick stuff he does. Any time you have that out there and you have a guy who knows how to actually pitch…it’s tough for hitters to square up stuff like that, it really is”."
Bud Black also spoke about the performance from Anderson and him working with Lucroy.
"“[The game was] well-executed all the way through. I thought that [Anderson and Lucroy] did a really nice job…[The] pitch execution [was there] throughout the evening [and] that’s how you do it. It’s really nice to see when it happens. When it’s successful, it really gives you a good feeling…[especially against] that lineup? That’s pretty good."
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Anderson and Lucroy
Lucroy has caught each of Anderson’s four appearances and all of his 22 2/3 innings pitched since returning from the disabled list. In that span, he has allowed three earned runs, only 13 hits (for a .173 batting average), and three walks.
Obviously, Anderson was injured in the first part of the season but before his return from the disabled list, he had an ERA of 6.11 and an opponent batting average of .298.
It obviously helps that Tyler Anderson is healthy for the Rockies in the stretch run but I think that it is hard to deny that Jonathan Lucroy has been a factor in Anderson pitching very well since his return. In three of the four outings, he has not given up a run.
His ERA has also dropped from 6.11 to 4.81 since his return. His recent performance, should the Rockies hang on to the second wild card and win the Wild Card Game, should pose well for the Rockies in the NLDS.