His former team—the Cleveland Indians—will get to witness it firsthand when the slumping Royals continue a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
Acquired from the Indians on Aug. 26 for two minor leaguers, Anderson is 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA in three starts for the Royals.
On Friday, the 31-year-old left-hander pitched a seven-hitter for his third career shutout, leading Kansas City over Anaheim 5-0. Anderson struck out two and walked three in his first shutout since Aug. 17, 1999, for Arizona against the Chicago Cubs.
“I knew what we got when we got Brian Anderson,” Royals manager Carlos Pena. “We know this guy is going to compete and he’s going to give us a lot of quality innings. That’s why we went out and got him.”
The Royals desperately need another strong effort from Anderson after slipping four games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central race with Tuesday’s 7-1 loss.
Kansas City have lost eight of 11.
“Anytime you’re a trade acquisition in a high-profile situation, where you’re coming in as a starting pitcher, there’s no doubt there’s a tremendous amount of pressure,” Anderson said.
“But the thing is that whether I’m pitching in a pennant race or I’m pitching for Cleveland early in the year, or I’m pitching for Cleveland right now, every time I go out there I put pressure on myself to go out and perform.”
Anderson is 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in two career starts against the Indians. With a win Wednesday, he will match his career high of 12 wins with Arizona in 1998.
The Indians ended a six-game losing streak with Tuesday’s win, getting a three-run homer from Victor Martinez. It was the second career homer for the rookie catcher, who is batting .444 (8-for-18) during a five-game hitting streak.
STANDINGS: Indians - 4th place, 15 GB, AL Central. Royals - 3rd place, 4 GB, AL Central.
INDIANS PROBABLE STARTER: C.C. Sabathia (12-8, 3.66 ERA). Despite a 4.19 ERA in his last five starts, Sabathia boasts a 3-1 over that span. The left-hander didn’t receive a decision in the Indians’ 6-5 loss at Detroit last Wednesday, giving up three runs and five hits over six innings. He also struck out nine and walked two. Sabathia is 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts against Kansas City this season. In 13 career starts, he is 7-3 with a 3.13 ERA against the Royals.
ROYALS PROBABLE STARTER: Anderson (11-11, 3.67 ERA). Anderson is 5-5 with a 3.89 ERA at home this season.
SEASON SERIES: Royals, 10-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Indians - 3B Blake is batting .289 (13-for-45) against Kansas City this season with two homers and eight RBIs. … The Indians put OF Matt Lawton (soreness in his right middle finger) on the 15-day DL, and OF Ryan Ludwick (bruised patellar tendon in his right knee) on the 60-day DL on Tuesday. … The Indians purchased the contract of OF Chris Magruder from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday to fill in for Ludwick, but had no immediate plans to replace Lawton on the roster. Royals - LF Raul Ibanez is batting .429 (6-for-14) for his career against LHP Sabathia with a homer and six RBIs. … SS Angel Berroa had an error Tuesday after committing just two in his previous 75 games. … RF Aaron Guiel is hitting .538 (14-for-26) in his last six games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Indians - 28-46 on the road; Royals - 37-34 at home.
INJURIES: Indians - OF Lawton (finger), 15-day DL; INF John McDonald (back), 15-day DL; OF Bradley (lower lumbar), 15-day DL; OF Ellis Burks (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Jason Bere (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dave Elder (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Bob Wickman (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Mark Wohlers (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Ricky Gutierrez (back), 60-day DL; OF Ludwick (knee), 60-day DL. Royals - OF Michael Tucker (leg), 15-day DL; RHP Lima (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Kevin Appier (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Miguel Asencio (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Runelvys Hernandez (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Kyle Snyder (shoulder), 60-day DL.