When the Dodgers went out and picked up Tyler Anderson, the assumption was that it was a depth move. With so many questions surrounding the starting rotation, they did not want to get stuck in the position that they were in last year. So many arms went down in 2021 with injuries that it made the regular season very difficult.
But Anderson could prove to be a huge weapon for Dave Roberts out of the bullpen. He came in behind Tony Gonsolin and tossed 4 solid innings. The only thing that went wrong for him was a botched double-play ball which ended up in the Dodgers giving up a run.
But with Gonsolin getting into a high pitch count early, they really needed Anderson. And that piggyback role is something that he could find himself in often throughout this year.
“He looked really good. pounding the zone, throwing a lot of strikes, change-up looked really good today, fastball looked good, cutter looked good, everything. Yeah, it all looked really good.” – Tony Gonsolin
The Dodgers still don’t know what they’re going to get out of Gonsolin. They also can’t be sure that Clayton Kershaw will be healthy all season long following an arm injury in 2021. But having Anderson certainly helps them figure things out.
“He was great, he was fantastic. Obviously, he knows this ballpark, and he gave us four solid innings and gave us a chance to win. He threw it really well.” – Dave Roberts
Anderson tallied 4 strikeouts on Saturday night and held the Rockies to just 2 hits across his 4 innings of work. If they can continue to utilize him correctly, the Dodgers might have found their secret weapon out of the pen.
Up next, the Dodgers will square off with the Rockies once more this afternoon in Colorado. Julio Urias gets the ball and he will be going up against another tough righty in Antonio Senzatela. Look for the bats to get going today after falling short last night.