Reds @ Dodgers Aug. 15, 2015: Strong outing from Anderson would be nice

Despite Yasmani Grandal and Andre Ethier getting the night off, this is still a pretty solid lineup against the Reds. I’m a little surprised Scott Van Slyke wasn’t in there in some capacity, but to each his own.

Reds
Dodgers
6:10 p.m.
Los Angeles
2B
Phillips
SS
Rollins
SS
Suarez
2B
Hernandez
1B
Votto
1B
Gonzalez
3B
Frazier
3B
Turner
RF
Byrd
RF
Puig
LF
De Jesus
LF
Crawford
C
Peña
C
Ellis
P
Holmberg (L)
CF
Pederson
CF
Hamilton
P
Anderson (L)

But it’s also nice to see Carl Crawford get some work — especially against a lefty, which he hit pretty well in 2014. The Dodgers have ridiculous depth on the roster, particularly in the outfield. This doesn’t even take into account Alex Guerrero (meh) and Enrique Hernandez (who is playing a fine second base, and Mike wrote some good words about him earlier).

I’m expecting the Dodgers to have no problem scoring runs tonight. What they’ll need is a solid performance out of Brett Anderson. He hasn’t been great in his last seven starts:

  • 4.08 ERA
  • 10.0 H/9
  • 1.2 HR/9
  • 5.7 K/9
  • 5.7 IP/GS

Not horrible, but not great, either. The Dodgers’ bullpen could benefit from a longer outing for Anderson. And if they score a lot of runs, perhaps a guy like Chris Hatcher could be eased back into action.

And one tidbit from Eric Stephen to consider:

So, you want to be an MLB manager?

 

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.