Anderson’s last start came on June 28, against the Cincinnati Reds. Anderson only lasted one inning after he injured his oblique trying to lay down a bunt.
He was a big reason as to why the Brewers enjoyed sitting on top of the division for 69 days this season. After being acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade involving Jean Segura back in 2016, Anderson was expected to be a big part of the starting rotation going forward. Nobody expected Anderson to break out and perform like he’s been pitching all year though. It appears that the 29-year old righty has begun to put all of the pieces together in his career in order to become the Brewers’ ace this season.
Not only has Anderson been putting up career high numbers, but he’s also shown that he can dominate games this season. In 16 starts, Anderson has a record of 6-2, with a 2.89 ERA. His WHIP is also at a career low 1.10. What’s even more impressive is that his K/9 ratio is also the highest it’s ever been at 8.40. Opponents are also batting a career low .220 against Anderson this season. There’s no question that he’s taken a huge step forward to become a reliable pitcher for Milwaukee.
You would expect a team like the Brewers to fall into a bigger hole without their ace for nearly two months, but they’ve been able to keep themselves in striking distance to claim a playoff spot. Thankfully, Anderson has returned right before the Crew’s playoff run in September.
Yesterday, in the final game of a three game series with the leading NL Wild Card Colorado Rockies, Anderson earned his first win after returning from the DL. Anderson went five innings and only allowed one earned run to one of the best offensive teams in the NL. He also racked up four strikeouts during the outing too. The Brewers ended up taking two out of three from the Rockies, boosting their odds of getting closer to the top of the NL Wild Card.
The Brewers are close to being fully healthy with Anderson and Stephen Vogt returning from the DL this weekend. Anderson will also be able to take some pressure off of the bullpen usage with his ability to go deep into games. Having everyone healthy before September will be a major boost for the Brewers to make a strong push for the playoffs.
Anderson was a huge part of the team’s success in the first half of the season. If the Brewers are able to punch their ticket into October, Anderson will likely be a big reason why the team returns back to their pre all-star break form.