Anderson to start Game 2 for Rockies

October 4th, 2018

MILWAUKEE -- By pitching 7 2/3 scoreless innings in his last regular-season start on Sunday against the Nationals, lefty won the assignment to start Friday's Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Brewers.

The other possibility was righty , but he allowed the Nationals five runs over two innings and isn't on Colorado's roster for the NLDS. There were questions about Anderson entering his regular-season finale Sunday because of left shoulder soreness that forced him to be scratched earlier that week. Also, Anderson had not earned a win since July 4.

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Anderson struck out five, held the Nationals to four hits and, more had no residual pain after throwing 98 pitches. So Anderson, who had pitched well in the two starts before the injury, is in the NLDS rotation, and Gray is not on the roster.

"Those three starts down the stretch, it just came down to execution," said Anderson, who went 7-9 with a 4.55 ERA during the regular season. "Those struggles that I went through, execution was not there, and I went through fatigue or whatever set in. And I started feeling better and making more pitches."

With a four-man rotation of Thursday starter , Anderson, lefty and righty in place, a key decision was the long man in the bullpen -- a spot a starter often holds. Righty , who started much of the season, posted a 2.38 ERA in seven relief appearances after Senzatela replaced him in the rotation to earn that postseason long role. That left Gray with no spot for this series, but charged with the task to regain his form if the playoff run goes deeper.

Flashbacks

Brewers outfielder , arguably the most dominant hitter in the NL this season, is a major obstacle. It reminded manager Bud Black of the 2002 World Series, when he was the Angels' pitching coach and had to deal with the Giants' Barry Bonds. The Angels won the Series.

"We've talked about it, obviously, in the last 48 hours," Black said. "There's a plan, and each pitcher has their own style to get their outs, but we definitely know this fellow is swinging the bat great. I mean, it's just like we talked about 16 years ago [with Bonds]. You have to be careful depending on the game situation.

"With that said, there also has to be an aggressive mindset to pitch a baseball game. But the game tells you certain situations [to avoid Yelich]. We'll watch today to see what's going on, and we'll take note of his swings, like we will with all their swings."

Get there early

With the Rockies scheduled to play Game 3 at Coors Field on Sunday at 4:37 p.m. ET/2:37 p.m. MTand the Broncos also playing an NFL game, the Rockies are emphasizing that fans should arrive early to avoid traffic.