Miami Marlins: A Look Inside Brian Anderson’s Current Run at the Plate
By Matt Melton
It is no secret that the Miami Marlins did not get much notable production from their third baseman offensively to start the season. That however has changed in a big way over the past two to three weeks.
The Miami Marlins you could argue have been up-and-down for the entire season so far. Standing currently at 22-24, Miami has gotten phenomenal production from a few notable players, but not necessarily as much early on from others. One of those players you could make the case for a slow start is starting 3B Brian Anderson.
This slow start could not be more evident than simply looking at Anderson’s numbers during the month of April. A career .264 hitter, Anderson appeared in 16 games during the month of April when he hit for a .200 AVG.
Also posting a .262 OBP, .300 SLG, and a .562 OPS, it’s clear that April wasn’t the greatest month for the Marlins third baseman. That however has all changed, and it happened as soon as the calendar flipped to May.
Miami Marlins 3B Brian Anderson has owned the month of May.
We’ve seen previously the numbers that Anderson entered the month with. Those would change for the better in due time.
Anderson began the month of May by collecting a hit in his first six games, raising his batting average up to .220. However, Anderson only collected two hits over the next five games which dropped the AVG back down to .200. Things would all change however in the series finale again the Dodgers out in Los Angeles where something appeared to click at the plate.
Since last Sunday’s game in LA, Anderson has gone 11/24 at the plate. This run has included three multi-hit games, while also raising his season averages a substantial amount.
For the month of May overall, Anderson has collected a hit in 15 of his 19 games, and is also hitting .296 for the month with an OPS almost right at .800. It’s clear that something has clicked offensively for Anderson, and that he is beginning to return to the hitter that we have seen over the last four years.
This version of Anderson is the one that the Miami Marlins need. While his numbers aren’t yet quite what they have been throughout his career, this current run may be the turning point for Anderson this season offensively.