Anderson ditched his altered delivery in Tuesday's spring start, according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy, and allowed two earned runs over four innings. He allowed six hits and posted a 4:1 K:BB in the outing. Anderson attempted using a Nolan Ryan-like, over-the-head windup to begin the spring, but he allowed nine earned runs over 10 innings, and decided to put a halt to the experiment in Tuesday's start. The results were mixed, but better, and manager Craig Counsell said Anderson had "the best velocity" he's had this spring. It's not clear which approach Anderson will choose to employ moving forward, but regardless, he figures to find himself somewhere in the Brewers' rotation when the regular season begins.
Anderson will test out an altered delivery this spring, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Anderson will change a variety of small things, including keeping his back foot in contact with the rubber and raising his hands above his head. He was reportedly inspired to make a change by watching videos of Nolan Ryan, Max Scherzer and Nathan Eovaldi. If Anderson becomes the second coming of Nolan Ryan, the Brewers certainly wouldn't object, but any small improvements would help the team and help fantasy owners. The 31-year-old's decent 3.93 ERA last season hid a worrying 5.22 FIP, and his underlying numbers were generally unimpressive. Anderson's spring starts could give a clue as to whether the new delivery will truly bring new results for the veteran righty.
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.