Rockies @ Dodgers September 22, 2016: Brett Anderson Is Back

Rockies
Dodgers
7:10 PM PST
Los Angeles
CF
Blackmon
2B
Utley
2B
LeMahieu
LF
Toles
3B
Arenado
SS
Seager
RF
Gonzalez
1B
Gonzalez
C
Hundley
C
Grandal
LF
Dahl
RF
Reddick
1B
Cardulo  CF Pederson
SS 
Descalso
3B
Kendrick
P
Chatwood (R)
P
Anderson (L)

In the time-honored tradition of attempting to not make this season’s Baseball Reference page look completely crazy, Brett Anderson is making his return tonight at Dodger Stadium. In two starts spread across four innings this season, Anderson has given up 11 runs, struck out one batter, walked three, and allowed three homers. Anderson’s ERA in those two starts is 24.75. His FIP is 14.63. He’s been worth -0.4 fWAR and -0.6 rWAR in four innings. So yeah, he’s been bad. Nowhere to go but up? Anderson was combating a blister and had some truly atrocious rehab starts, but did manage a good one last week in AAA. It’s unlikely that he’ll be the fourth starter for the playoffs, but it doesn’t hurt to give him a start while keeping down the innings count of those who might be in contention.

The Dodgers are giving Justin Turner the night off, and as such the lineup has been shuffled. Andrew Toles is getting the start and bats second in the lineup. Howie Kendrick will fill in at third, with Chase Utley playing second. The modified lineup will be facing Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood started out this season as one of the better pitchers in baseball by ERA, but he’s been pretty abysmal since the All-Star break, posting a 5.77 ERA and 5.39 FIP in 48-1/3 innings spread across nine starts. Even after park adjustments, that’s about 20% worse than league average. He’s also walked 13% of the batters that he’s faced in that span. Chatwood has actually gained velocity since the Dodgers faced him earlier in the season, and averages well over 93 with his four-seam and two-seam. The problem is that he can’t really control where it’s going.

The only other real pre-game news was that Rich Hill might pitch on Sunday. But also, he might not. Riveting.

Also, here’s Yasiel Puig playing third base:

Don’t give people ideas.

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About Daniel Brim

Daniel Brim
Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area but doesn't live there anymore. He still watches the Dodgers and writes about them sometimes.