Chicago White Sox SS Tim Anderson competing for batting title

Tim Anderson (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Tim Anderson (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

The Chicago White Sox have something special in Tim Anderson, and he is really close to an incredible achievement with a couple of more weeks.

The Chicago White Sox have an incredible hitter playing shortstop for them. Tim Anderson has had some issues in the field defensively this season, but there is no doubt that he is one great hitter. He is showing everyone exactly what he can do this season as he is in the race to win the American League batting title.

He has a really good chance to win heading into the Seattle Mariners series as he led the AL with a .333 batting average. After going 2-5 on Friday he is now at .334. That is slightly better than second place, which is currently New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu who has a .325 average. He is right there with Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals for the Major League lead. Rendon has a .333 average headed after going 0-4 on Friday night.

It may be really difficult to keep it going, but Anderson has some matchups on his side as the White Sox get ready to finish the season. In the series the White Sox had with the Mariners earlier in the year, Anderson went 10/16. His lifetime average against the Mariners is .429 and he has six home runs. There are seven games left against the Detroit Tigers, who Anderson is hitting .500 against this season. Then there are the Minnesota Twins for three games who Anderson is hitting .458 against. The Cleveland Indians also have three more games against the White Sox and Anderson is .281 against them.

All of those factors show that the odds are in his favor. He has a chance to not only lead the American League in batting average but all of Major League Baseball. There are obviously some elite players in the conversation for MLB leader in average like Rendon and LeMahieu, and then there are guys like Ketel Marte and Christian Yelich. Yelich’s season is over due to a knee injury so he finishes with a .329 average for the year.

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Anderson is a great player, and winning a batting title would go a long way in his confidence and development. The White Sox plan on being a great team in 2020 and Anderson is going to be right in the middle of it all.