Oddly enough, Tyler Anderson has had better numbers at home than on the road the past two seasons. The lefty turned in a 5.44 ERA, .370 wOBA and 2.42 HR/9 on the road in 2017, compared to 4.14, .318 and 0.87 marks at Coors Field. During his debut season in 2016, Anderson had an even greater split in his home/road ERA (3.00 at Coors, 4.17 on the road). His groundball tilt (47.9 percent groundball rate for career) helps him in Colorado, as does the fact that he doesn't really throw any breaking pitches (fastball-cutter-changeup), but even so, it's difficult to see this trend continuing much into the future. Anderson's strikeout and walk rates were both solid last year (8.5 K/9, 2.7 BB/9), but he made two trips to the DL due to knee issues after dealing with an oblique problem in 2016. He missed the entire 2015 season due to an elbow injury. Proceed with caution.
Anderson seems to be entrenched in the Rockies' rotation to start 2018, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. As things stand now, there appear to be seven pitchers vying for five spots in the rotation. Righties Jon Gray and Chad Bettis, as well as Anderson are expected to be staples of the starting staff to begin the season. The 28-year-old southpaw struggled a bit last year, but that was mostly due to a lofty 1.7 HR/9 and a decreased groundball-to-flyball ratio. That said, Anderson does bring some intrigue due to his increased velocity and strange ability to produce better numbers at Coors Field than on the road (4.14/5.44 home/road ERA last year). Injuries are the biggest red flag for him moving forward, but he seems to have a rotation spot secured heading into Cactus League play.
Anderson will no longer start Sunday's game against the Dodgers. Anderson was originally scheduled to take the mound for Sunday's contest against the Dodgers, but with the team securing a wild-card berth Saturday, it will give the 27-year-old the day off and replace him with Kyle Freeland. Anderson will conclude the 2017 regular season with a 4.81 ERA over 86 innings.
Anderson (6-6) tossed seven scoreless innings Tuesday to pick up the win over the Marlins, scattering four hits and striking out five. The lefty was sharp all night, facing the minimum number of batters through five innings thanks to two double plays. Anderson finishes off the regular season with a 4.81 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 81:26 K:BB in 86 innings, and his 1.19 ERA in 22.2 September innings should give him a leg up on keeping a rotation spot to begin 2018.
Anderson (5-6) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six batters through 5.2 innings to take the loss against San Diego on Thursday. The Rockies couldn't muster the offense to help out Anderson on Thursday, which snapped a two-game winning streak for the lefty since he came off the disabled list. Anderson missed approximately two months with a knee injury, so posting a 1.72 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 7.5 K/9 through three outings since returning from the DL is an encouraging stretch. He projects to face the Marlins at Coors Field in his final start of the campaign.
Anderson (5-5) pitched six scoreless innings with three strikeouts during Saturday's win over San Diego. This was a spot start for Anderson, but his strong showing could earn him additional starting consideration moving forward. Anytime a hurler goes six strong without allowing a run at hitter-friendly Coors Field, it's an impressive outing. Still, without an upcoming start scheduled, Anderson should be left to the waiver wire in the majority of fantasy settings. It's also worth noting that Colorado's final six games of the season are at Coors.