Can Chase Anderson Rejuvenate His Season?


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During the first couple of months, there was no better sign of consistency in the Arizona rotation than Chase Anderson. The 27-year old was no doubt headed for a much more productive season than his rookie campaign in 2014. That’s no knock to his rookie year (9-7, 4.01 ERA, 105 K). After a couple rough months and a stint on the disabled list, one has to wonder if Anderson can turn things around.

After beginning the season as a #4/#5 starter in the rotation, the quality start machine that was Anderson steamrolled into the middle of June as the headliner of the rotation. After his June 17th start, Anderson sat with a 3-1 record and a 2.84 ERA. At this point in the season, 8 of Anderson’s 15 starts were of the quality variety. After that point, he’s only had two.

After struggling for the rest of June, Anderson appeared to be running out of gas in July. In July he was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 14 innings. A day after receiving a drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on July 18th, Anderson was placed on the disabled list with right triceps inflammation. Anderson would remain on the shelf for the next three weeks.

Aug 7, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Chase Anderson (57) throws the ball during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

A couple days ago, Anderson returned to majors and in grand fashion. He tossed 7 scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds to collect his 5th win of the season. Anderson struck out 7 hitters and only surrendered 4 hits in that outing. To say his return is welcome would be an understatement.

Jeremy Hellickson and Rubby De La Rosa are still sporting ERA’s over 4.50. Robbie Ray‘s impressive 2015 season has slowly but surely decreased in quality. Patrick Corbin‘s judgement is less harsh, but he hasn’t been too spectacular either. This rotation needs Anderson to return to his more stable form.

It appears that Anderson’s three week break on the disabled list has charged him fully. Expect him to attack the dog days of August (and the rest of the season for that matter) with the same effectiveness shown in the early months of the 2015 season. Welcome back, Chase. We’ve missed you.

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