It was a given that Brett Anderson would miss at least one start after suffering a strained right oblique during his outing Wednesday, but manager Bob Melvin dropped the bad news Thursday that the left-hander was done for at least the regular season.
Anderson entered Wednesday’s outing 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five starts since returning from Tommy John surgery. He’d be the third member of the A’s projected postseason rotation to be lost for the year, joining the suspended Bartolo Colon and the injured Brandon McCarthy. The team has also been without left-hander Dallas Braden all season long.
If Anderson can’t make it back, the A’s would be looking at a top four of Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone, A.J. Griffin and probably Daniel Straily in the postseason. Everyone in that group is a rookie.
The A’s beat the Tigers 12-4 today, leaving them four games up on the Angels for the second wild card with the Halos playing later tonight. They’re 3 1/2 games back of the Rangers for first place in the AL West.
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.