Game Day Preview: Mariners @ Dodgers – Brett Anderson vs. Taijuan Walker

The Dodgers send Brett Anderson to the mound in their last game of the series against the Seattle Mariners. Last time we saw Anderson on the rubber, he pitched six innings and struck out four. One unfortunate pitch, coupled with one Paul Goldschmidt, was enough to take the wind out of the Dodgers sails in Anderson’s last start.

Despite having an early 4.50 ERA and 4.30 FIP, Brett Anderson’s xFIP remains at 3.67. His fly ball rate in this young season is at 36.8% while his groundball rate, 57.9%, is hovering around his career average of 55.5%. What does this mean? It means that the home run that was given up in his last outing was extremely unfortunate and also unlikely given his career HR/FB ratio of 9.9%.

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins SS
Grandal C
Gonzalez 1B
Kendrick 2B
Ethier RF
Van Slyke LF
Uribe 3B
Pederson CF
Anderson P

Puig is out of the lineup for the second straight game. Alex Guerrero is out of the lineup and back on the bench. Dodgers fans are dismayed that he is not starting after seeing the young Cuban come up in big moments. However, three games does not make a season nor does it make a player. The fine gentlemen at Dodgers Digest wonderfully explained his value as a bench piece instead of as a starter.

Game time tonight is at 7:10 PM. It will be broadcast on Sportsnet LA and ESPN 2, for non-TWC customers. For those of you stuck at work or in a car, you can listen to the game on AM570.

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