Tim Anderson’s leadoff prowess sets the tone for White Sox
The Chicago White Sox really do not have an established “best player” on their team just yet. No one has quite put themselves in a position on being the best yet. But shortstop Tim Anderson is quickly starting to become “that guy”.
He’s the one that the team is starting to rely on to get them going and get them moving in the right direction. A winning direction.
Anderson took the first pitch of the game for the White Sox and sent it into the stands in the outfield giving the White Sox an early 1-0 lead. That helped grab the momentum and soon the rest of the team was following in his footsteps.
The White Sox kept their 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth when center fielder Luis Robert swung momentum further in the Sox direction with a three-run home run. After that, the pitching staff continued to do their job and the White Sox won the game 4-0.
It was a huge effort against a pretty good Los Angeles Angels team. The Sox bested them after they bested the Sox the previous night and did it with seeming ease.
Momentum is everything in a game. Things seem to go right when a team has momentum. A lot of momentum came from that first hit of the game. Anderson had another hit later on which was also crucial.
The Chicago White Sox relies on Tim Anderson a lot to win baseball games.
Anderson may have had some problems with fielding errors earlier in the season. He also may have gotten a little “chippy” with some fans in Cleveland but Tim is a leader.
He’s the guy that can swing a game in his team’s direction with one crack of the bat. He just may be the most important player in their lineup right now because they go whichever way he goes.
This was a complete game effort by all facets of the team. Anderson helped spurn the White Sox bats and allowed things to keep moving.
So yes, the White Sox haven’t established the best player just yet but after today’s win, one might want to consider Anderson for that role until someone else takes it away from him.
What would be nice would be if the team was full of “Andersons” that could lead and hit the ball well. That’s what we thought would be happening with the Sox but it hasn’t quite come to that just yet. It will soon.