Angels’ Tyler Anderson selected for All-Star Game – Orange County Register

CHICAGO — Tyler Anderson’s miserable season in 2023 has turned so emphatically in 2024 that he’s been more than simply a successful pitcher.

He’s an All-Star.

The Angels left-hander was named to his second All-Star Game on Sunday afternoon, the only member of the Angels to be selected.

Anderson, a 34-year-old in the second year of a three-year, $39-million deal, earned the nod with a 2.81 ERA in 18 starts. Last season he had a 5.43 ERA, which was so bad that the Angels briefly demoted him to the bullpen.

“There’s nothing in the game that’s more motivating than poor performance,” Anderson said after learning he’d been named to the All-Star team on Sunday. “And at some point last year, getting moved to the bullpen, basically being told you’re not good enough enough to be a starter anymore. Not in those exact words. But that’s what the action is. To kind of prove to yourself and other people that you can still be effective, I guess it’s a good feeling.”

Anderson has been effective and efficient with his pitches, enough to get through the sixth inning in 12 starts and through the seventh in seven of those.

On Saturday afternoon, he had perhaps his best game of the season, allowing only three singles in eight scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs. He retired 24 of the 27 hitters he faced, on just 98 pitches.

Anderson said the difference from last year to this year is partly about mechanics, but more about his approach on the mound.

“I changed my routine, getting my body in a better position than I was last year,” Anderson said. “And then just trying to get back to competing. I feel like last year I kind of got away from that. I was trying to change some things and worried about a lot of the wrong stuff. This year I kind of trust what I know, and stick with that.”

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