Looky there. Brett Anderson managed to stay healthy for more than four starts. Wouldn't that have been something back in, oh, 2010? Yeah, it would have, but see back then, strikeouts weren't as prevalent across the majors, so a rate of 5.8 per nine innings like Anderson had last year wouldn't have been a deal-breaker in Fantasy. And it still wouldn't be a deal-breaker if he consistently went 7-8 innings, especially for a winning team. But combine a back-end workload with some back-end ratios, and well, you get a pretty low-end option. That's not to say Anderson is a bad pitcher -- his ground-ball ratio ranked ahead of even Dallas Keuchel, which should ensure a respectable ERA -- but better to add him off waivers as needed than invest a draft pick in him.
Anderson accepted the Dodgers' $15.8 qualifying offer Friday, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports. Anderson faced an interesting decision, as he finally put together a healthy season en route to posting a 3.69 ERA with a 3.94 FIP, but he elected to give himself another season before hitting the open market. He figures to slot back into the starting rotation, and has proven to be a reliable option when healthy.
Anderson was extended a qualifying offer by the Dodgers on Friday, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports. Coming off a back injury that cut short his 2014 season, Anderson had a strong comeback season, working to a 3.69. Perhaps more importantly, he finally stayed healthy, as he pitched more than 100 innings for just the third time in his career and made more than 20 starts for the first time since his rookie season. The 27-year-old earned $10 million as a free agent last season, but should get more than that this year after putting together a productive, and healthy, season.
Dodgers starting pitcher Brett Anderson (10-9) took home a win in his final regular-season start of the year Thursday, holding the Giants to two runs on four hits while striking out three without a walk over 7 2/3 innings. After giving up 11 runs on 20 hits in 8.2 innings over his last two starts, Anderson settled down with a strong effort to close out the year, as he allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings of work before losing it a bit in the eighth. Despite generally being his typical rather hittable self all year long -- he gave up 194 base knocks this season -- Anderson set new career bests in starts (31) and innings (180.1) in his first healthy campaign since his rookie season of 2009. We'll see him next in the playoffs.
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson served up five runs on 10 hits and a walk in Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks. He also struck out one. Anderson didn't have it Monday, as he drew just one swing and miss and served up a pair of home runs, his 16th and 17th of the year. Anderson had given up no more than three runs in any of his past six starts, a stretch in which he had a 3.60 ERA and a strong 24:8 K:BB. His full season ERA is up to 3.52.
Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings in a no decision Tuesday against the Rockies. He struck out seven and didn't walk a batter. Anderson showed no signs of ill-effect from a calf injury that cut his previous start short. Seven strikeouts marks his most in a start without a walk this year, besting his previous mark of five set Aug. 21 against Houston. Anderson now has a 111:44 K:BB to go with his 3.35 ERA.