Anderson is not on the Brewers' roster for the NLDS versus the Rockies. Instead of adding a couple more starters, manager Craig Counsell opted to only carry three regulars from the rotation and move forward with multi-inning relievers such as Brandon Woodruff and Junior Guerra. Anderson hadn't pitched since Sept. 18 against the Reds and it became evident that Counsell just had more trust in other options during the homestretch.
Anderson won't make his scheduled Monday against the Cardinals, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Anderson will be available if needed, but the Brewers will approach Monday's series opener as a bullpen game. He'll be lined up to make his final start of the regular season Sept. 30 against the Tigers, although that could change.
Anderson (9-8) gave up three runs on six hits in a loss to the Reds on Tuesday, recording five strikeouts and two walks in 3.2 innings. Anderson gave up four extra-base hits in the short outing, including a two-run homer to Jose Peraza in the first inning. This was Anderson's shortest outing since May 26 and it marks the fourth time in his last eight starts that he hasn't made it through five innings. The 30-year-old still has a 3.93 ERA to go along with a 1.19 WHIP and 128:57 K:BB in 158 innings this season. His next scheduled start will be a matchup against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Monday.
Anderson didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Cubs, allowing two hits and three walks over four scoreless innings while striking out four. The Brewers were up 2-0 after four innings, but with the NL Central lead almost within the team's grasp manager Craig Counsell took no chances, pinch hitting for Anderson to lead off the fifth inning and denying the right-hander a chance for his 10th win of the year. He'll take a 3.85 ERA into his next start Tuesday at home against the Reds.
Anderson didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 4-2 win over the Giants, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk over five innings while striking out five. It was another solid, if short, outing for the right-hander. Anderson's completed six innings only once in his last six starts, and while his 5.16 ERA over that stretch isn't pretty, it's been fueled by a 2.4 HR/9 -- his 1.21 WHIP and 23:8 K:BB in 29.2 innings are respectable. He'll try to give the Brewers more length Wednesday in a crucial road matchup against the Cubs.