By Comparison: The Angst of Anderson
When the Rockies began their turnaround in the final days of June, Tyler Anderson was at the front of the parade. The left-hander made four starts between June 28 and the All-Star Break, allowing just three earned runs in 28 innings. He was 2-0 and the Rockies won all four.
While the Rockies have built off that success since the break, and rallied from fourth place in the NL West, eight games out of first after games of June 27 to sitting atop the division on Monday morning, a half-game up on the Dodgers, and 2 1/2 ahead of the Diamondbacks, who open a four-game series at Coors Field on Monday night.
Anderson, however, has become a growing concern. Manager Bud Black even pushed him back a couple days in the rotation to open the month of September. It didn't help. The Rockies have the second-best winning percentage in the NL since the All-Star Break with a 28-19 record, but they are 1-9 when Anderson starts, and 27-10 in all other games.
On Sunday, Anderson retired only eight of the 16 batters he faced, and four of them scored in what became a 9-6 loss.
"I am just not getting the ball where I want to," said Anderson. ". ... something must be off a little bit in my delivery."
|July 24||Hou||L 8-2||0||0||1.23||7.1||3||2||1||1||3||4|
|July 30||@StL||L 5-4||0||0||3.38||6||3||4||4||1||3||5|
|August 4||@Mil||L 8-4||0||1||6.23||4||7||7||7||3||3||4|
|August 9||LAD||L 8-5||0||0||5.01||6||4||1||1||0||1||6|
|August 15||@Hou||L 12-1||0||1||7.16||4.1||7||9||9||3||3||4|
|August 21||SD||L 4-3||0||1||6.88||6.1||10||4||4||2||0||8|
|August 26||StL||L 12-3||0||1||8.31||0.2||7||6||6||1||1||1|
|September 3||SF||W 9-8||0||0||7.88||5.1||6||3||3||1||0||7|
|Totals ERA 8.02||0||5||8.02||42.2||52||40||38||13||16||41|
The Rockies do remain in first-place in the NL West, and they are just a half-game back in the NL Wild-Card race, putting them in a good position to make a post-season run in the final three weeks of the regular season.
In Good Standing
The Rockies 78-64 record does equal the second-best franchise mark at 142 games. This is only the seventh time in the Rockies 26-year history they have had a winning record after 142 games.
Rockies Top 10 at 142