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AJ Pollock is the best leadoff option with Tim Anderson out

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 11: AJ Pollock #18 of the Chicago White Sox hits a RBI single in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 11, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 11: AJ Pollock #18 of the Chicago White Sox hits a RBI single in the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 11, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
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Another day and yet another loss for the AJ Pollock and the Chicago White Sox. Although they lost 11-9, they came up with a ton of hits in the game showing us that the offense is starting to produce. It’s just pitching that seems to be a problem now but hopefully, that gets fixed soon.

Swinging back to the offense, there is one guy that showed his value in this game and may have proven himself at the top of the rotation. That player is AJ Pollock.

Pollock has been hitting well as of late and in this game, he had two hits, one RBI, two strikeouts, and one walk. His average was .243 and his OPS was .650. Pollock was at the plate five times in this extra-innings affair.

It’s not just this work from today that should make people take notice of him as the last few games have been very good for Pollock too. This guy belongs in that leadoff spot during this time.

That’s only when shortstop Tim Anderson is out of the game as he is now. When Anderson is out of the lineup for an injury or to be rested, it is clear that Pollock should take his spot batting first in the order.

AJ Pollock is a great replacement for Tim Anderson in the leadoff role right now.

When Anderson is healthy and ready, he absolutely needs to be in that top spot in the lineup. Anderson is the catalyst that gets the team going when he’s in the top spot of the lineup. Pollock can be that kind of player when needed and he is needed now.

Pollock must be in the lineup as much as possible and when he’s in the lineup he needs to be in a position that suits his strengths. He can be at the top of the White Sox lineup when Anderson is out and could bat second when Anderson is present.

That might be the best way to utilize his talent. It is fair to suspect that the White Sox will keep Pollock close to that top spot until Anderson returns. From there, if they were smart, they would move him into the second spot behind Anderson and let him play.

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