Tim Anderson and the American League Central Champion Chicago White Sox stumbled out the gate Thursday night in Houston, falling 6-1 to the Astros in Game One of the American League Divisional series.
Anderson, who’s .309 batting average was 4th in the American League this season, was 1-4 Thursday night.
This entire season the White Sox offense has followed the lead of their superstar shortstop. Game 1 was no different.
Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. scattered 4 hits over 6 2/3 innings pitched, and Houston cruised to an easy victory.
Anderson’s average day at the plate is a complete 180 from his hot start to the 2020 playoffs.
Last season against the Oakland A’s, Anderson started the series with three straight hits en route to 9 hits in 14 at-bats (.643 BA).
The White Sox, who are making consecutive post season appearances for the first time in franchise history, now fall to 2-6 against Houston in 2021 and 0-5 at Minute Maid Park.
First pitch tomorrow is at 2:07pm eastern, and if Anderson and the Sox aren’t able to put this game behind them and win Game 2, their World Series hopes could quickly turn into division series nightmares.
Anderson didn’t have a game changing day but he gets to go back at it four more times if the baseball gods allow it.