Chase Anderson may yet have a spot on the Reds 2023 Opening Day roster

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Chase Anderson.
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Chase Anderson. / Justin K. Aller/GettyImages
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Whether it's in the starting rotation or the bullpen, the Cincinnati Reds may have found solid veteran presence to join next year's pitching staff. Chase Anderson overcame the adversity of his first start, which was subpar, and has been one of the team's best hurlers over the last few weeks.

Anderson held the Pittsburgh Pirates to just four hits and one earned run during last night's rain-interrupted game at PNC Park. Anderson also struck five and didn't walk a single batter.

Last night versus the Buccos was Anderson's second straight game in which the right-hander did not issue a walk and his third consecutive outing without allowing a home run. While his first couple of appearances were less than ideal, Anderson is playing for a roster spot in 2023. Will be on the Cincinnati Reds?

Reds RHP Chase Anderson is playing for a roster spot in 2023.

Over his last three games, which includes contests against the soon-to-be NL Central Champion St. Louis Cardinals and the ferocious bats of the Boston Red Sox, Chase Anderson has pitched very well. The 34-year-old 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 2.26 FIP. Perhaps more impressive has been Anderson's 3.8% walk-rate during that time.

It did take a few games back in the major leagues for the veteran to get his legs under him. Anderson's firs few outings, one of which came in relief during an extra-inning game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the right-hander gave up 10 runs in nine innings. Anderson has since appeared to right the ship.

The Cincinnati Reds have three rookies (Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, and Graham Ashcraft) who look to be locks for next season's starting rotation. But beyond that, the Reds will be looking for more arms to take to the field in Goodyear with an eye toward making a meaningful impact.

Top prospects Brandon Williamson and Levi Stoudt will surely be in the mix, as will Andrew Abbott. Luis Cessa is making his pitch to join the rotation, and Justin Dunn will be fighting for a seat at the table too.

But fans should not discount Chase Anderson who will be a free agent after the season. An incentive-laden contract should certainly be enough to lure the former Milwaukee Brewers' hurler back to Cincinnati. Anderson also has experience coming out of the bullpen, something that could serve the Cincinnati Reds well in 2023.

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