LOS ANGELES – It was mid-March and Tyler Anderson wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to do. Spring Training was underway and he was still a free agent. He had a few offers on the table, some of them as a starting pitcher.
But when the Dodgers came calling, the veteran left-hander was intrigued about what the pitching-friendly organization could help him untap. The catch, however, was that Anderson was likely going to serve as a depth piece and pitch out of the bullpen to begin the season.
Since then, Anderson has proved to be one of the most important pieces for the Dodgers. Starters Walker Buehler, Andrew Heaney and Clayton Kershaw have all been injured at some point this season, opening the door for Anderson to get an increased role.
The left-hander has responded to the opportunity with the best start of his career. On Wednesday, Anderson capped off his magical start to the season with one of the best starts of his life, coming just two outs away from completing the 24th no-hitter in franchise history in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Angels at Dodger Stadium.
Anderson dominated the Angels’ lineup. The buzz at Dodger Stadium grew after every out. A nearly sold-out crowd held its breath with every pitch. But on Anderson’s 123rd pitch of the night, a career high, reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out triple into the right-field corner.