No one has ever doubted that
He's had a series of injuries, some of the freakish variety, but when he's healthy and on, he's someone you want on your side.
The Dodgers saw six innings of pretty much classic Anderson on Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., during their 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
The left-hander threw six scoreless innings, most coming via his specialty -- the groundout. The Diamondbacks couldn't manage one fly against him. He induced 12 groundouts without recording one out beyond the infield. He allowed four hits -- also ground balls -- walked one, struck out two and saw the Dodgers turn four double plays behind him. He wrapped it up in just 74 pitches.
It was his best overall outing of the spring and it left him 2-0 in the exhibition season with a 2.13 ERA.
The rest of the relievers continued to pitch well, however. Adam Liberatore pitched a perfect two-thirds of an inning and is now unscored upon in nine appearances. Pedro Baez got the final out in the eighth via a strikeout and then Paco Rodriguez threw a perfect ninth to earn the save. He struck out two. He hasn't given up a run in his nine spring appearances, either.
Offensively, the Dodgers were not the juggernaut of recent days, but scored their four runs on nine hits. Enrique Hernandez, after a slow start this spring, continued his surge with two hits in as many at-bats.