Chase Anderson, Matt Moore intriguing Phillies rotation adds
By Bryce Turner
Pros of Phillies mixing in Chase Anderson and Matt Moore into the 2021 rotation.
While the careers of right-hander Chase Anderson and left-hander Matt Moore seem to be trending in the wrong direction, there are a couple of advantages that could help them rebound this coming season in red pinstripes under new Phillies pitching coach Caleb Cotham.
Neither pitcher has much experience against the National League East, which could help initially, until division opponents get familiar with them. Anderson has a combined 26 games against the Phillies’ four divisional opponents, including only one game last season against the New York Mets, when the Jays played interleague games opposite the National League East. Meanwhile, Moore has a combined 13 games against the Phillies’ divisional opponents.
Given their new rotation depth, there is also the possibility that the Phillies use Anderson and Moore in a “piggyback” situation. The pitchers can share a spot in the rotation and take turns between who starts and who enters in relief. This would take advantage of the number of starters, limit bullpen innings, and frustrate lineups with a move between right-handed pitcher and left-handed pitcher.
This could also be one of the more practical options. Given Anderson’s poor performance last year and the amount of time since Moore’s last MLB experience, limiting their innings could limit the damage if either pitcher struggles during an outing.
While the additions of Anderson and Moore are a bit of a gamble for the Phillies, the two veterans are intriguing additions to the pitching staff and bring a wealth of experience, with similar careers through different journeys.