On Monday, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Tyler Anderson was shelled in two plus innings of work in his spring debut in the Rockies 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Tyler Anderson did not have a good start to his spring as, on Monday, he made his Cactus League debut and did not pitch well. He went 2 innings (he pitched to one batter in the third), allowed three hits, two runs (both earned), and three walks on 52 pitches.
After his outing, he spoke with the media, including our own Kevin Henry, about his outing. He said that it was a “a lack of command” that was his main issue but he felt that his delivery to the plate also felt like that it “wasn’t very repeatable” and “in sync of what it usually feels like.”
However, as he noted, it is something that is common with it being the first time facing other teams in months. He said that “it’s definitely not an excuse, but it’s still something that needs to be worked on.”
He noted that he thought his pitches were not the problem, just the delivery and the overall command.
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Black on Anderson’s start
Rockies manager Bud Black also spoke with the media about a few things about the day, including Anderson’s start. He said that his main issue was with pitch command and, more specifically, his fastball command and he was locating it up and not locating it well low in the zone.
He also said that “when you throw thirty pitches plus in an inning, you’re getting a work out.” Anderson threw 31 pitches and faced seven batters in the first inning.
It was obvious that it was Anderson’s first outing of the spring and he was a bit rusty and as Bryan Shaw and Bud Black said about spring results, you really can’t put much behind it (especially for players that you know are going to be on the team no matter what).
Anderson will start to lengthen his starts a bit as the spring goes on and the Rockies and he will be able to figure out his delivery and location issues as time progresses.