6 starting pitchers the Cleveland Guardians should target ahead of the Trade Deadline

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4. Tyler Anderson - Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels are a complete mess right now, and that is a description that applied to them when they had the services of both Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani available to them. Los Angeles is going to continue their freefall into complete irrelevance. But the good news is that they may be able to get a solid return for one of their veteran pitchers who has been a bit of a surprise this season in Tyler Anderson.

Anderson has a 2.81 ERA and 1.179 WHIP in 112 innings this season, notably better than his career averages of 4.19 and 1.271. The 34-year-old veteran lefty is one of the few trade chips the Angels have, and they would be wise to see what they can get for him at the deadline, even though there is some belief they may not be sellers for some bizarre reason.

While Anderson has been able to put together some solid numbers on the surface, there are two areas that suggest a correction could be coming, strikeouts per nine and FIP. With just 6.2 strikeouts per nine innings and a 4.53 FIP, Anderson has pitched well above his skill level up to this point in the season. A pitcher can only be effective for so long with a lower strikeout rate and a FIP that sits in between average and below average. If the Guardians believe that their defense is going to be able to overcome any regression that Anderson might experience, he would make a solid addition to the middle of their rotation.