ALDS 2012: Brett Anderson to start for Athletics in Game 3?

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Oakland ace may be on the mound vs. the Tigers on Tuesday.

On Monday, Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin is expected to announce his starter for Tuesday's Game 3 of the ALDS, and it could be Brett Anderson. The injured pitcher told reporters on Sunday that he isn't sure if he will be starting, but that he'll be ready to go if asked.

"We'll see," Anderson said when asked about the possibility of being the Game 3 starter Tuesday. "They haven't announced anything, so we'll see what happens. I feel good, or good enough, I should say."

(via Detroit Free Press)

Anderson missed nearly all of this season after recovering from Tommy John Surgery, but returned for six starts down the stretch as the A's stormed to the A.L. West title. In those six starts, he struck out 25 batters in 35 innings while only walking seven and allowing 29 hits. He posted an ERA of 2.57 and a WHIP of 1.03.

In two home starts, he allowed two earned runs in 13 innings while striking out 10. Anderson is widely considered to be Oakland's best starting pitcher, and with the team on the brink of a sudden elimination, Melvin may choose to start him despite his injury history.

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