If you had Tyler Anderson finishing the 2022 season with 28 starts and a 2.57 ERA on your preseason bingo card, shoot me an email to claim your prize.
On Sunday, Anderson made his final start of the year. He capped off his season in style, striking out a season-high 10 in only five innings of action. It was his 20th start of the season in which he allowed two runs or fewer, tied for the sixth most in all of baseball.
For Anderson, it was by far the best season of his seven-year career. There isn’t even a close second. He had career-highs all across the board and was named to his first All-Star team.
Not bad for a guy signed to a one-year deal worth $8 million.
For Anderson, the numbers are great and all, but that’s not his No. 1 focus ending his stellar season. His focus is on something far more important.
“I didn’t come here to have a good regular season,” Anderson said to reporters following the game. “I wanted to play on a team that has a chance to win in the postseason. Once that starts, hopefully the best starts are ahead of me.”
Anderson wasn’t even expected to be in the starting rotation entering the season. He began the year as LA’s No. 6 starter, originally piggybacking Tony Gonsolin. Fast forward to October and he’s a lock for the postseason rotation.
“He’s been fantastic, he’s had a tremendous season.” Dave Roberts said on Sunday. “I can’t give him enough praise. Performance, taking down innings, helping other guys, he’s still continuing to grow.”
I wrote about this last month, but Anderson was the most valuable signing of the offseason for the Dodgers. Yes, Freddie Freeman is putting up MVP numbers, but where would the Dodgers be without Anderson in the rotation?
Walker Buehler missed more than half of the season. Clayton Kershaw had numerous IL stints. Andrew Heaney missed two months. Tony Gonsolin hasn’t pitched since August. The rotation has been filled with injuries.
Luckily for LA, they had Anderson. Not only did they have a reliable arm who would be available every fifth day, they had an arm that provided length. His 20 starts of 6+ innings were tied for the 7th most in the National League this year.
- Blake Treinen threw off a mound on Sunday. The plan is for him to throw a bullpen session on Monday.
- Dustin May threw a bullpen session with 30+ pitches. According to Roberts, the intensity was great and May looked good.
- Chris Taylor is still dealing with a neck issue. He was scratched from the lineup on Saturday with neck tightness. As of now, he’s day-to-day.