Tim Anderson carried the Chicago White Sox on Friday night

Vincent Parise
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 12: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox plays against the Cleveland Guardians during the fourth inning of game two of a doubleheader at Progressive Field on July 12, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 12: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox plays against the Cleveland Guardians during the fourth inning of game two of a doubleheader at Progressive Field on July 12, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images) /
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Tim Anderson, despite coming into this series with the Minnesota Twins on a little bit of a cold spell, has been one of the best players on the Chicago White Sox this season. That fact has been in existence for over two years now.

Rightfully, he is the American League All-Star’s starting shortstop. He earned this honor by becoming one of the coolest players in the game along with being one of the best players in the game. It makes it even better that he plays a premier position.

He is also one of the best leadoff hitters in the sport as well. That was on full display in Friday night’s win as he carried this team on his back. He had two hits, one RBI, and two runs scored to help his team to victory.

Part of that came from a home run that gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead in the 4th inning. From there, the White Sox did not look back. It was one of those times where you knew that Tim Anderson just put the team on his shoulders and now they can’t lose.

The Chicago White Sox needs Tim Anderson going well in every part of the game.

He didn’t only make an impact with his bat out there either. Anderson is a tremendous player at the shortstop position. He had a rough start to the season with errors but he has gotten much better. After taking a big step with that in 2021, he is starting to show more of that here lately.

In this game over the Minnesota Twins, he made a tremendous play that will be on highlight reels for a long time. The White Sox were in the defensive shift so he was behind second base. He absolutely robbed Max Kepler of a nice hit. Michael Kopech was sure pumped for it too.

Speaking of Kopech, he pitched pretty well. The White Sox spot him a 2-0 lead but he let Minnesota tie it quickly. Luckily, Kopech locked it down from there and Anderson helped lead the way for the rest of the game. Eventually, they came up with the win.

As you know by now, Anderson is the backbone of this team. If he plays well, the rest of the team will follow. That is now four straight wins against the two teams they are chasing in their division. If Tim Anderson can keep hitting like that All-Star level, they will win a lot of games down the stretch.

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