In the series finale of the four-game set agains the San Diego Padres, early run support and a timely error from the Padres aided Brett Anderson’s effort to earn a win. Anderson only pitched 5.2 innings and allowed one earned run before getting removed due to cramp in his left calf.
Anderson nonetheless surpassed 155 innings pitched on the season, which triggered a $350,000 bonus in his contract. Moreover, once Anderson reaches 160 innings (currently at 158), he’ll earn an additional $350,000 for every five innings pitched. According to Bill Plunkett of the O.C. Register, the bonuses aren’t something Anderson is focused on:
That’s another issue for the end of the season,” Anderson said. “I can’t go out there with the mindset of, ‘I have to get through this inning to get this.’ That’s not doing anybody any good so I’m just trying to help us win as much as we can and try go deep into ballgames.”
Instead, Anderson says he’s worried about continuing to pitch well this season:
If I can be dependable and live up to my own expectations, everyone’s going to be happy. As long as I’m able to go out there, I think I’m a pretty good pitcher when I’m healthy.”
The situation does have a familiar tone and can be compared to Dan Haren’s situation last season. Haren’s contract had a vesting option for 2015 that he first said wasn’t on his mind before later admitting it was something he’d given thought to. On the season Anderson is 9-8, with a 3.36 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 112 ERA+, and 1.31 WHIP.