After the final start of his 2022 breakout season, Tyler Anderson was asked if he just completed the best three-month stretch of his career.
“I don’t know,” the Dodgers left-hander said. “You probably know better than me.”
It has been. And on Saturday it got even better.
Anderson was named to his first career All-Star team, selected by the National League to replace Giants pitcher Carlos Rodón, who will be inactive for next week’s event at Dodger Stadium.
Anderson hadn’t generated much all-star buzz prior to the announcement — for most of the season, Julio Urías seemed like the Dodgers’ next most likely pitcher to get the nod — but his numbers certainly make his selection worthy.
He’s 10-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 17 games, 15 of them starting. He’s pitched 97⅓ innings, most of them on the team. And he’s mastered a nifty transition since signing a one-year deal with the Dodgers this spring, transforming the pitcher into one of the most prolific starters in the majors with a career 4.62 ERA earlier in the season.
Yes, his best three months indeed.
Anderson is the Dodgers’ fifth pick for this year’s All-Star Game, along with pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Tony Gonsolin and starting seeds Mookie Betts and Trea Turner. The game is Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.
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Long before he became a late All-Star recruit, Anderson was a late pickup for the Dodgers that spring.
The skilled left-hander, a former first-round pick who played with four organizations in his first six major league seasons, initially appeared to be just an addition for the Dodgers, who opted to use him as a mass reliever from the bullpen early in the season.
But after an injury to Andrew Heaney in mid-April and the loss of several other rotation members in the months that followed, Anderson earned a starting spot and ran with it.
In May, he carried a perfect game into the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals. In early June, he had a 28-inning goalless streak that included three consecutive scoreless starts. A month ago, he lost a no-hitter in game 9 against the Angels (although a point change days later gave him a hit in the seventh inning).
He has gone at least five innings in all but two of his 15 starts. And after giving up four runs in three of his last four games in June, he has responded with a 1.86 ERA in three games in July — including six scoreless innings in his last game Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“It’s just fun that we win games,” Anderson said that night. “That’s what I’ve been saying all along, you want to be part of a team that wins. And coming here and having a team that comes first and wins a few games is always fun.”
Although Anderson didn’t want to admit it himself, his all-star caliber production was a big reason for that.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-07-16/dodgers-starter-tyler-anderson-makes-all-star-game-roster Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson added to All-Star Game roster