Anderson's search for consistency continues

April 30th, 2017

PHOENIX -- Time is ticking on Rockies left-hander 's search for the consistency he displayed as a rookie last season.

Anderson gave up six runs in five innings -- and yielded home runs to the D-backs' , Jeff Mathis and to bring the total this season to nine in 30 1/3 innings. But Anderson was bailed out by a comeback in Saturday's 7-6 victory. In six starts, he has given up fewer than four earned runs just once and never fewer than four total runs (in one game, his error led to two unearned runs).

All this has come after Anderson went 5-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 19 starts last season as a rookie.

It doesn't appear the Rockies are ready to send him to the Minors for corrections.

Righty , the organization's No. 2 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, is at Triple-A Albuquerque. Hoffman struck out eight and gave up one hit in seven innings on Friday in his last outing, but he is working on delivery tweaks.

But Hoffman or another option could become viable if Anderson keeps struggling.

Manager Bud Black is not pushing the panic button, but clearly wants better.

"He's making too many mistakes. The more mistakes you make, the higher the chance of giving up hits.

"He's behind in counts. The Drury at-bat, behind 2-0. The Mathis at-bat, 3-1. The ball to Lamb was supposed to be a slider down and away and it was up, middle-in."