MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that Chase Anderson will start on Opening Day for the Brewers, March 29 in San Diego against the Padres. Anderson will be the fifth different pitcher to start on Opening Day for the Brewers in as many years.
Anderson, 30, had a terrific 2017 season, finishing 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA and a 133/41 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings. As mentioned in my 2018 preview of the Brewers posted yesterday, a lot of Anderson’s success last year had to do with likely unsustainable batted ball luck and home run suppression. Anderson shouldn’t be expected to repeat those results this year and, in fact, probably shouldn’t be counted on to post an ERA below 4.00.
McCalvy notes that Jhoulys Chacin will start one of the other two games in the Brewers’ opening series against the Padres. It’s still not known if Zach Davies, battling an oblique injury, will be able to start the other game in San Diego.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.