Tim Anderson showed why he might deserve to be the MVP of the American League.
The Chicago White Sox earned a huge victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. They pretty much controlled the game from the very beginning on the back of a good pitching performance by Dane Dunning. It was a great game all around but one player really had a moment that might have opened some eyes. Tim Anderson really seems to want to be the American League Most Valuable Player. He isn’t even the only player on the White Sox that has a chance but man has he been good.
This home run was a solo shot that gave the White Sox some much-needed cushion in a very important game over the team they absolutely have to beat. He had three hits in the ball game in five at-bats with the one RBI and two runs scored. It was a great game for this superstar shortstop. He is one of the main catalysts for this team and will be for a long time. It is so exciting to think about what he might be able to do in the playoffs.
Tim Anderson absolutely deserves to be in the MVP conversation. Jose Abreu is right there with him in terms of White Sox players (it is probably down to those two, Mike Trout, and Nelson Cruz) but Anderson might have just as good of a case. Abreu gets more of the talk because he is extremely clutch and has better power numbers but that might not be fair as Anderson isn’t a power hitter. He also doesn’t have the RBI totals of the other guys because he is a leadoff man.
He is, however, on track to win his second straight Major League Baseball batting title. He currently is hitting .377 and leads DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees by 14 points. Anderson also has the highest OPS on the White Sox at 1.019. Only Cruz and Trout have a higher score from the American League. This home run that he hit in the video above was just one of many great moments from Anderson but it should really start to make people think.
As cool as it would be for him (or Abreu) to win it, the most important thing for this team has to be the playoffs. 2020 has been a rough year for us all so it would be really cool to see them come together for a deep playoff run. Anderson, by the looks of that home run in a key moment, is going to be a big part of it.