Anderson gave up one run on three hits and a walk over 3.2 innings while striking out four in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles. On a day when the two teams combined for eight homers, Anderson was able to limit the damage off him to a single solo shot. The right-hander has had a bumpy first spring with the Jays, posting an 11.57 ERA and 6:7 K:BB through 9.1 innings, but he's still expected to hold down a spot in the middle of the rotation.
Anderson has given up five runs with a 1:4 K:BB through 2.2 innings over his first two spring starts. Picked up from the Brewers in the offseason to bolster the team's pitching depth, Anderson is being counted on to break camp in the middle of the Jays' rotation and at least give the club consistent, serviceable innings. Rough performances early in the spring are often long forgotten by Opening Day, but if Anderson continues to struggle over the next couple of weeks, it could put Toronto in a tough position with regard to its rotation plans.
Anderson's club option was picked up by the Blue Jays on Monday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. The Blue Jays acquired Anderson from the Brewers in exchange for Chad Spanberger earlier in the day. Milwaukee was likely going to decline the righty's $8.5 million option, but Toronto clearly acquired him with the intention of keeping him around.
Anderson was traded to the Blue Jays on Monday for an undisclosed return, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. The 31-year-old regressed slightly in 2019, as his ERA rose to 4.21 with a 1.27 WHIP. He increased his average fastball velocity to a career-high 93.4 mph, but struggled in limiting home runs, as he allowed 23 over 32 appearances (27 starts). Rogers Centre allowed the highest HR/9 rate of any major-league park last season, so Anderson could see his number of home runs allowed increase unless he can turn things around. The Brewers had reportedly been leaning toward declining Anderson's team option, so a change of scenery could be beneficial, although it's unclear whether the Blue Jays will pick up his option.
Anderson (8-4) allowed one run on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts across five innings while earning a victory against the Reds on Thursday. Like most of the Brewers, Anderson is red hot, having allowed just two runs in his last 15 innings (1.20 ERA). In September, he's 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA. Unless he makes an appearance in relief over the weekend, Anderson finishes the regular season 8-4 with a 4.21 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 124 strikeouts in 139 innings this season.
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