Less than a month into his Toronto Blue Jays career, Brett Anderson is giving the club’s front office some things to think about. Anderson pitched well for the third time in three outings Saturday, allowing only two runs on five hits over six innings as the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4. With 2017 a write-off and plenty of uncertainty surrounding the club’s pitching staff for 2018, Anderson may present an unexpected yet welcome rotation option this winter. Affordable, low maintenance, and, so far, effective, Anderson is pitching his way into consideration for the Blue Jays as they begin to plan for next season, one they hope unfolds much differently than the current one has. “That was one of the reasons behind signing here — I was going to get a chance to start and go out there and showcase to the Blue Jays, or whoever, that I’m capable of pitching well and performing,” Anderson said. “And, so far, it’s worked out. Hopefully I can continue to do that for however many more starts I have.” On Saturday, things began inauspiciously for Anderson, who left a 2-2 fastball up in the zone to Miguel Cabrera with a runner on in the first inning. Cabrera did exactly what he does with pitches like that, hitting the 461st home run of his career, tying him with Adrian Beltre for 37th in MLB history.
Anderson making strong case to crack Blue Jays rotation in 2018
Sportsnet | Sep 10