The Dodgers came into Washington DC on Monday night off of a rollercoaster weekend. They took a pair of games from the Phillies and looked primed for a series sweep. But an error in the 10th inning by Max Muncy cost them the game in just about the worst way you can imagine.
The way things have been going, the Dodgers needed a strong outing from Tyler Anderson. Their starting staff is incredibly taxed, and the bullpen has been relied upon heavily as well. So getting in at least 6 innings seemed like a good goal for Anderson.
Thankfully, he exceeded all expectations. The southpaw tossed 8 shutout innings and needed 101 pitches to do so. He struck out 8 batters and did not issue a single walk as well. He even had a perfect game going into the 6th inning. After the win, Dave Roberts spoke about how huge his performance was. (quotes via OC Register)
“Everything was working. We were sort of up against it as a pitching staff and he stepped up again. He joked with me. He said every time it seems he pitches I’ve told him we needed that outing. We have needed it. Today it was just complete command of his arsenal, working ahead, working quick, kept the defense involved, and had a nice perfect game for a minute there.”
The Dodgers signed Anderson to a one-year deal worth $8 million this offseason. With the number of injuries to starting pitchers during the 2021 season, getting arms that could go deep into games appeared to be the priority for Andrew Friedman and his team.
But a guy that was supposed to be a swingman type hs ended up being pretty solid. Anderson has allowed 2 earned runs over his last 15 innings. And aside from one bad start against Philadelphia, he’s been incredible for this team.