Anderson has given up 11 hits and seven earned runs over eight innings of work in Cactus League play this spring. It's been tough sledding in the Cactus League thus far for the left-hander, who is sporting a 7.88 ERA and 1.75 WHIP. He maintained a firm grasp on a role at the back end of Colorado's rotation last year, but the 4.55 ERA that he posted over 176 innings was also subpar, so the 29-year-old is difficult to trust for the time being.
Anderson agreed to a one-year, $2.625 million deal with the Rockies, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. This is Anderson's first year of arbitration, so he will be enjoying the first seven-figure salary of his career. He is a lock to be a member of Colorado's rotation in 2019, but does not have the same fantasy upside as the top three members of the rotation.
Anderson (0-1) gave up one run on four hits and two walks over six innings in a loss to the Brewers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. He struck out five. Anderson provided a quality start, but he allowed two doubles in the fourth inning that gave the Brewers all the offense they would need to win Game 2. While his xFIP was 5.25, the left-hander stranded 83 percent of the base runners he faced this season. The 28-year-old posted a 4.55 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP in the regular season and will look to build upon this quality start if he gets another opportunity in the postseason.
Anderson is scheduled to pitch Game 2 of the NLDS against the Brewers on Friday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Anderson will follow Antonio Senzatela in the rotation, lining up Kyle Freeland and German Marquez to pitch the next two games fully rested. The southpaw owns a 1.83 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 15:5 K:BB in his last three starts (19.2 innings). In his only other playoff appearance -- against the Diamondbacks in 2017 -- Anderson allowed two runs on two hits in one inning of relief.
Anderson (7-9) got the win against the Nationals on Sunday, giving up no earned runs on four hits over 7.2 innings, striking out five and walking three as the Rockies cruised to a 12-0 victory. Anderson got scratched from his last start with a shoulder issue, but he appears to be fine as he logged an excellent outing to record his seventh win of the season. The left-hander wraps up the regular season with a 4.55 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 164 strikeouts over 176 innings.