Chicago White Sox: Three Things to See in Last Week of 2019
Tim Anderson earns batting title and José Abreu finishes with most RBI’s in MLB
Much like many players on the 2018 team, Tim Anderson did not have a successful season. Hitting a poor .240/.281/.406, many looked to the organization to lock down Machado to upgrade the left side of the infield.
But the negativity from the fanbase about missing out must have sparked something inside Anderson as he turned things right around, and quickly. Right out of the gate, Anderson let everyone know what he was about this season. He finished April as a player of the month. With a strong May and June, Anderson was on his way to earning a spot on the All-Star roster.
Unfortunately, he suffered an injury and missed the entirety of July. He may not have been on the roster, but he definitely earned it. But what’s an All-Star spot compared to the batting title?
As we enter the last week of the season, Anderson has the highest batting average in the MLB at .334. Considering the rollercoaster that has been his career thus far, a batting title would be a tremendous feat not only for himself but for the organization. It is also worth mentioning that Yoan Moncada is third in the American League in batting average.
While Anderson races towards the finish line for the batting title, José Abreu is in the home stretch of a race of his own. Currently tied at 121 RBI’s with Freddie Freeman, Abreu will be looking to find some separation and be the lone leader in runs batted in. There is no question he finishes the AL winner as Rafael Devers follows Abreu with only 112. But to finish as the MLB leader, along with having a batting champ on the team is a very bright glimmer over a mediocre transition year.
It is not a necessity that either or both players win their respective races as having both Anderson and Abreu, and also Moncada in the top three of those categories is already incredibly impressive. But leading in those categories is a little bit better than just being up there.