After the most recent start of his breakout 2022 season, Tyler Anderson was asked if he would complete the best three-month stretch of his career.
“I don’t know,” said the Dodgers left-hander. “You probably know better than me.”
this is done. And Saturday, it got even better.
Anderson was named to his first career All-Star squad, having been selected by the National League as a replacement for Giants pitcher Carlos Rodone, who would be inactive for the next week’s event at Dodger Stadium.
Anderson wasn’t generating much All-Star buzz before the announcement—for most of the season, Julio Urius appeared as the next most likely Dodgers pitcher—but his numbers certainly qualified his selection.
He is 10-1 with 2.96 ERA in 17 games, 15 of them starts. He has thrown the most innings of 97⅓ on the team. And he’s mastered a refined turnaround since signing a one-year contract with the Dodgers this spring, turning the travelman pitcher with a career 4.62 ERA into one of the most productive starts in the majors. entering.
Yes, his best three months indeed.
Anderson is the Dodgers’ fifth pick for this year’s All-Star Game, joining pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin, and starting position players Mookie Bates and Tree Turner. The game will take place at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday at 4:30 pm.
The Dodgers are tied for having the third most reps in baseball, trailing only the New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves, who each have six.
Anderson was a late pickup for the Dodgers this spring, long before becoming a late All-Star.
A former first-round pick who had played with four outfits in his first six major league seasons, the slick left-hander initially looked like just a depth addition to the Dodgers, which gave him a bulk out of the bullpen. Decided to use it as a reliever. early in the season.
But after Andrew Heaney’s injury in mid-April and the loss of several other rotation members in the months that followed, Anderson was given a starting spot and got away with it.
In May, he played a perfect sixth inning game against the Washington Nationals. In early June, he had a 28-innings scoreless streak that included three consecutive scoreless starts. A month earlier, he lost to a no-hitter in the ninth against the Angels (though a scoring change later charged him with a hit in the seventh inning).
He has completed at least five innings in total, but has started two of his 15 innings. And after conceding four runs in three of his last four in June, he has responded with an ERA of 1.86 in his July three outing – including his last six scoreless innings on Thursday against the St.
“It’s just fun that we’re winning the game,” Anderson said that night. “That’s what I’ve said the whole time, you want to be part of the team that wins. And to be able to come here and have a team that is in first place and win a bunch of games is always fun.”
Although Anderson himself didn’t want to admit it, his all-star-caliber production has been a big reason.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.