Colorado Rockies: Tyler Anderson needs to removed from the rotation
Tyler Anderson started for the Colorado Rockies on Sunday in a crucial game for the Rockies to take 2 of 3 against their division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers but, yet again, Anderson gave the Rockies another bad start.
Since his start on July 30 against the St. Louis Cardinals (which is 8 starts), Tyler Anderson has been the worst starter in the Rockies rotation and one of the worst in all of baseball.
The only start of the eight that the Rockies ended up winning was on September 3 against the Giants where he went 5 1/3 innings allowing 3 runs (all earned).
Including that start, since July 30, Tyler Anderson has a ghastly ERA of 9.42 and a record of 0-5. In those 8 starts, the Rockies are 1-7. In this span, Anderson is averaging just 4 1/3 innings per start and he has allowed 37 earned runs in 35 1/3 innings.
Opponents are also hitting .322/.367/.651 slash line.
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Considering his bad start again on Sunday in the Rockies 9-6 loss to the Dodgers where he only went 2 2/3 innings while allowing five hits, four runs (three earned), and two walks, the Rockies should really consider removing Anderson from the rotation.
Now, I doubt that Bud Black will do it considering how much he loves sticking with his veterans especially in a pennant race but if he decides to make a change, the Rockies could go a few different ways. First off, they could decide to just have somebody else start (e.g. Chad Bettis, Yency Almonte, Sam Howard, etc.) or go a different route.
That other route could be using an “opener,” like some teams have used this season, primarily the Tampa Bay Rays.
Even if they don’t remove him from the rotation, in the playoffs (assuming they make it), he should not be starting any games and I would even make the case that he should be left off the roster. After all, in the NLDS, the Rockies would need a maximum of 4 starters for the series and realistically, they could go with three. In that case, it would be Kyle Freeland, German Marquez, and Jon Gray.
The Rockies are obviously in a situation in which every game counts, in both the NL West and the Wild Card so they may need to make a move to get Anderson out of the rotation. Nobody wants it to happen but sometimes, you have to make moves for the betterment of the team…and this a classic example of it.