Tyler Anderson Has Become A Long-Term Concern in Rockies Rotation

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Tyler Anderson is no longer in a funk.

He has become a legitimate concern for a Rockies team with post-season ambitions but a concerning void in its rotation.

His career has taken a turn for the worse on July 30 last season and has been in a downhill skid ever since. The Rockies have remained loyal to Anderson, including moving Chad Bettis into the bullpen instead of Anderson when the decision was made to insert Antonio Senzatela into the rotation.

How much longer can the Rockies wait?

They had a chance to climb back to .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season on Sunday, but instead saw the Braves rally for an 8-7 win. Yes, it was reliever Seunghwan Oh, who gave up the game-deciding home run to Josh Donaldson in the eighth, but Oh most likely would have not been forced into the game had Anderson managed to work deeper into the game than 4 2/3 innings.

But then in Anderson's last 15 starts he struggled to average 4 2/3 innings each time he takes the mound. And the success has been minimal. After compiling a 3.89 in his career through July 30 a year ago, he has a 7.79 ERA in his last 15 starts, and he has given up a home run every 3 2/3 innings compared to one every 7 1/3 innings prior to the slide.

The Rockies have rallied to win three of Anderson's 15 starts (although he is 1-8), but all three of those wins have come at home, where his 7.07 ERA is actually 1.43 lower than his road ERA during the current stumble.

And the struggle hasn't been confined to a particular team or division.

Anderson's only victory in the 15-game slide was 12-0 against the Nationals on the final day of the 2018 season -- the Nationals having already wrapped up a season that made them arguably the biggest disappoinment in the National League, and the Rockies knowing in a worst-case scenario they were going to be a wild-card, regardless of what happened.

The problem for Anderson has been getting ahead in the count -- and staying ahead.