The first week of the season the LA Angels struggled scoring any runs and their starting pitching while not bad, they were not going deep enough into games putting strain on the bullpen.
Unlike last season though, the LA Angels bullpen has proved to be up to the challenge this year and one of the big reasons has been the pitching of second year reliever Justin Anderson. Anderson has come in multiple times this past week including Sunday afternoon with bases-loaded and he w=has somehow managed to escape the inning with no damage.
On Sunday, with the Angels leading 4-2, the Rangers loaded the bases off starter Chris Stratton and Anderson was summoned from the bullpen with no outs. Anderson proceeded to strike out Shin-Soo Choo and then Roughned Odor to get the first two outs. He then got Elvis Andres to line out to David Fletcher at third base to escape the inning with no damage.
The Angels tacked on some insurance runs in the 7th inning courtesy of a Mike Trout two-run bomb, but without Anderson closing the door in the top of the fifth this game could have been a lot different.
On Friday night Anderson was again summoned with he game in the balance. The Rangers had runners on first and third and he did uncork a wild pitch, but then got Roughned Odor to strike out to end the inning.
In total Justin Anderson has pitched 4.1 innings this week, and struck out five batters and walked three batters, allowing only one hit. His ERA is 0.00.
For Justin Anderson’s ability to provide stability and escape some major jams, he is the Halo Hangout Pitcher of the Week. Anderson is being used all over the place innings wise and has been stellar whenever manager Brad Ausmus chooses to use him.
Unfortunately due to roster constraints, the Angels had to send Anderson to the minors Monday morning to bring up an extra position player in Taylor Ward. Angels manager Brad Ausmus said Anderson will be back very soon.
Let’s hope Anderson continues to pitch this well as it will only make the Angels and their bullpen that much better. Bravo Justin!!!