They say that behind every cloud is a silver lining. That can be said of the 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks where a behind a dark season emerges glimmers of success. One of those bright lights is 26-year old rookie Chase Anderson who currently has the lowest ERA among all D’back starting pitchers. However, since he has not pitched above 108 innings in his professional career, there will be discussion as to when to limit or even pull the plug on his surprising initial campaign.
Last night’s game was Anderson’s best start of the season. He went seven innings allowing only one run on three hits while walking two and matching his high of eight strikeouts. Only once in twelve starts has he not pitched at least five frames. He has thrown 67 1/3 Major League innings and 39 Minor League innings. If his innings limit is around 150, he would make another five or six starts. Anderson was already skipped once in the rotation as last night was his first outing since the All-Star Break.
His next start figures to be Saturday at Chase Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates. After that, the D’backs are off the following two Mondays. It is conceivable that he may miss another two turns in the month of August.