Brett Anderson will open the series against Arizona tonight. Adrian Gonzalez is on pace to hit all the home runs this season. Dodger fans are hoping to see more dingers from AGon in this three-game series.
After claiming the series against San Diego, the Dodgers look to take an early lead in the NL West standings. Brett Anderson takes the mound and I am hoping to see a healthy and productive season from him. Anderson has had his share of injuries, beginning with Tommy John surgery in 2011, and more recently experiencing a season-ending back injury last season, which also required surgery.
The Dodgers signed Anderson to a 1-year, $10 million deal with neither a player nor club option. It is quite clear that he is on the roster this season to bolster a fraught pitching rotation. There is no question in his capabilities; after all he is a consistent groundball pitcher with a career FIP of 3.51. His health remains a concern with the front office and among Dodger fans.
A strong outing is what we are hoping for. McCarthy quelled most concerns on Thursday with 9 Ks over 5.0 IP, it is now Anderson’s turn to do the same. If the wheels fall off early, let us hope that Adrian Gonzalez answers the call once again.
Game time tonight is at 6:40 PM, PST. Expect the lineup to be announced closer to game time. You can watch the game on Sportsnet LA. If you are not a Time Warner customer, you can listen to the game on AM 570.