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Angels' Tyler Anderson hopes pitching philosophy sparks turnaround

Jeff Fletcher, The Orange County Register on

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Tyler Anderson wants to return to his philosophy of pitching this year.

“My whole life has been trying to make good pitches, not make my pitches good,” Anderson said.

The catchy phrase refers to the difference between thinking about how a pitch works against a certain hitter in a certain game situation, and simply measuring the velocity or the break or the spin of the baseball.

As Anderson looks to rebound from the worst season of his career, he said one of the points of emphasis is not to chase Trackman numbers.

“Less chasing stuff, which I felt was the M.O. last year, as opposed to pitching, which is what I like,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who was set to make his first start of the spring Tuesday afternoon, said so far he’s enjoying the new organizational approach. The Angels have a new pitching coach (Barry Enright) and a new bullpen coach (Steve Karsay). New run prevention coordinator Alex Cultice helps develop the overall pitch-calling strategy.

 

Whether all of that helps turn around Anderson remains to be seen.

Certainly, the 34-year-old left-hander had more going wrong last season than the guidance he was getting from the organization.

“Every year in the offseason, I’m kind of battling stuff and then right around the time spring came I’d start feeling good,” Anderson said. “Last year I never really got there.”

Anderson said it wasn’t fatigue or pain.

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