Despite Injury, Tim Anderson Is Still An MLBbro The Opposition Wants No Parts Of On The Diamond

Despite Injury, Tim Anderson Is Still An MLBbro The Opposition Wants No Parts Of On The Diamond

Tim Anderson is gearing up to compete in his second All-Star Game. The Chicago White Sox shortstop was named a finalist for the Midsummer Classic held in Los Angeles this year.

He has a chance to start for the American League, competing with Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette.

It won’t be a surprise if Anderson is named a starter because he’s been balling out this season and has been the talk of the town in Chicago.

Despite missing most of June due to a strained right groin, Anderson has still been a fan favorite and a player fans want to see.

Our MLBbro suffered his injury back on May 29 against the Cubs when he was making a play at short.

It was a significant blow for the White Sox as the team had to play without its star player.

While he was away from his team, Anderson spent a brief time in the minors for a rehab assignment.

He appeared in four games with Triple-A Charlotte and went 5-for-15 during that time.

Before landing on the injured list, Anderson was seeing the ball really well. He hit .356 with five home runs and 19 RBI in his first 40 games of the 2022 season.

Not to mention his eight stolen bases during that stretch as well.

“I was seeing the ball real well, so if I just stay right there where I’m at, just continue to keep pushing, I’ll be in a good spot,” Anderson said in an article from espn.com when he landed on the injury list.

When he returned from the injured list, Anderson immediately picked up where he left off. In his first game back on June 20, he went 2-for-5 with a run scored against the Blue Jays.

Tim Anderson Understands What He Means To The Culture

 

We all know how good of a hitter Anderson is, but what has been impressive is his consistency at the plate over the last few years.

Through 50 games, he’s hitting .335 while slugging .450.

White Sox manager, Tony La Russa enjoys watching Anderson when he’s at the plate.

“His stroke is a thing of a beauty,” La Russa said. “I mean, he can get to anything. He knows his stroke, he stays within himself.”

During the end of June, Anderson had an impressive game against the Los Angeles Angels, going 3-for-6 with a run scored.

It’s hard not to mention this brother when you talk about the best hitters in the game today. 

The numbers don’t lie and Anderson will go down as one of the best when his career is over.

Let’s hope Anderson can remain healthy throughout the season, because he is the heart and soul of that White Sox team.

We never want to see a player miss games because of an injury or any reason, but unfortunately it’s part of the game.

For Anderson, he was able to bounce back like it was nothing and he’ll continue to give us something to watch when he’s out there on that field.

MLBbro Ballers Slugging It Out For AL Central Supremacy | Byron Buxton, Josh Naylor, Tim Anderson Will Decide Division

MLBbro Ballers Slugging It Out For AL Central Supremacy | Byron Buxton, Josh Naylor, Tim Anderson Will Decide Division

A few weeks back we spoke about how the American League Central division has gone from an expected landslide to a two-team race. Now most of us wrote off the Cleveland Guardians as an early season fluke and believed that the division would come down to Byron Buxton’s Minnesota Twins and Tim Anderson’s White Sox.

Wrong. With just under a month before All Star break, here’s a quick update on the AL Central race. 

Guardians Making Noise 

The word we heard most this year in regard to the Cleveland Guardians was “rebuild.” They traded the bulk of their best players away and seem to have placed a skeleton crew around remaining superstar Jose Ramirez. Fortunately for Guardians fans two young MLBbros have made sure that Cleveland is in the mix.

Triston McKenzie: Dr. Sticks Doing Work 

Starting pitcher Triston McKenzie has once again shown flashes of someone who possesses top of the rotation stuff. In 11 starts this season, Triston has maintained a 2.96 ERA while keeping his WHIP below one (0.93). So far, opposing hitters are hitting .184 against his fastball and an anemic .104 against his curveball.

 

 

Naylor Brother No. 1 

The other young bro doing work in Cleveland is first baseman Josh Naylor. Naylor was acquired from the San Diego Padres in 2020 and figures to be a major part of the Guardians’ future. Over his last seven games, Naylor is hitting .385 with an impressive .433 on base percentage.

 

 

The Guardians have won six consecutive series and are looking to put some space between them and the rest of the division.

Twins Trying To Stay Afloat 

The Minnesota Twins came out the gates firing and looked ready to run away with the division. Buxton was on fire and playing everyday, and they even had the addition of young MLBbro Royce Lewis send a spark through their lineup. Unfortunately for the Twins, things haven’t been as smooth lately. 

 

 

Minnesota lost Lewis for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, and Buxton has struggled at the plate. In his last seven games, Byron is hitting .179 with just two homers and three RBI. Minnesota is 5-5 in their last 10 games and have seen their early lead in the division evaporate. 

Buxton has been the key for any success in the Twin Cities, so a return to form will be necessary if they want to catch Naylor and the Guardians. 

White Sox Heating Up

The White Sox were 8-10 without their captain TA but had won four of their previous six games before Anderson was reinstated from the 10-day injured reserve list to start the Toronto series. Back for the first time in nearly a month, Anderson collected four hits in the first two games (both victories) like he never left. 

“His stroke is a thing of beauty,” said White Sox manager Tony La Russa. “I mean he can get to anything. He knows his stroke, and he stays within himself… He’s as good as anybody playing the position. Anybody. You pick the best, Tim Anderson is as good as there.”

 

 

Saying that TA can get to anything is no exaggeration. TA ranks in the bottom two percentile in chase rate, meaning he swings at more balls outside the strike zone than the majority of the league. But that doesn’t matter when you hit EVERYTHING. Anderson’s .358 average would be second in the league if not for his stint on IR.

Chicago is in the mix, but TA will need some support from his counterparts if they want to repeat as division champs. 

MLBbro Josh Harrison Will Ultimately Help Chicago White Sox Win In Various Ways

MLBbro Josh Harrison Will Ultimately Help Chicago White Sox Win In Various Ways

MLBbro veteran Josh Harrison, two-time All-Star, has bounced around the league the last few seasons. The two-time All-Star Swiss army knife has played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics since 2011. 

 

 

He is in his first year with the Chicago White Sox and this is his fourth team in four seasons. Harrison wants to help this Chicago team make a run to the World Series this year. And his veteran leadership will certainly have a huge impact in the clubhouse.

Harrison has struggled at the plate this season only hitting .156 through 21 games. But the White Sox know his value and know that as the season progresses, he will have numerous opportunities to help the team win ball games.

Our MLBbro could not wait to join the White Sox this season.

 

 

“When this opportunity presented itself, it was almost a no-brainer for me,” Harrison said on the “White Sox Talk Podcast” back in March. 

Though Harrison has a lot of experience in the majors, he’s not a postseason veteran. During his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he played in a total of four postseason games from 2013 to 2015.

Now, he’s on one of the top teams in the American League the past two seasons.

Before joining the team, Harrison already knew how talented the White Sox were and how they were approaching the season as serious title contenders. 

“I don’t have to mention the pitching staff,” he said of the team’s bullpen. “You (also) got Eloy [Jiménez], Luis Robert, Andrew Vaughn, I definitely took it as a compliment when they came after me, I was very elated.”

Harrison can pretty much play any position on the infield, as he has already played some third base for Chicago. But having him up the middle with fellow MLBbro Tim Anderson makes so much sense for the White Sox defensively.

With those two anchoring the middle, it makes them that much more secure on the infield.

“When I was presented with the opportunity,” Harrison said, “looking around the infield, second base, I feel like I can blend in with this team, sure-handed up the middle and help any way that I can.”

Through 32 games, the White Sox are in third place in the American League Central, just three games behind the division-leading Twins. This should be an interesting race in that division and once the White Sox (16-17) get healthy, they’ll be a team to reckon with.

Once Harrison gets things going offensively, he’ll present another threat at the plate opposing teams have to deal with.

“We know what we’re capable of on paper, but I’m not really interested in on paper,” Harrison said. “Paper has nothing to do with in between those white lines.

“We know what we have. It’s about us going out there, starting today.”

Be on the lookout for Harrison over there playing on the South Side. Though he signed a one-year contract with the White Sox, how he performs this season will determine his standing with the team going forward. 

Tim Anderson & Byron Buxton Dictate The AL Central Race

Tim Anderson & Byron Buxton Dictate The AL Central Race

For many fans and analysts around Major League Baseball, entering the season, the AL Central champ was a forgone conclusion.

The Chicago White Sox, lead by MLBbro and budding superstar Tim Anderson, were headed to their second straight division crown under wily legend Tony LaRussa in what many consider the weakest division in baseball.

Fortunately for Byron Buxton and the Minnesota Twins, pennants are won on the field and not on paper.

While it’s far too early to pick a favorite, Buxton has Minnesota in first place and many wondering if the Central has suddenly gone from a one team demolition to a legit two (or three) team race.

Anderson hasn’t been outdone by much, but even with his success the teams seem headed in opposite directions. Let’s take a look at how this division battle has shaped up so far.

ANDERSON ALONE OUT THERE

Lately the White Sox lineup has felt like Tim Anderson vs. the world. Instead of the explosive offense most predicted, Chicago has been terrible at the plate. As a team the Southsiders rank 24th in OPS, 26th in runs scored, 27th in RBI and dead last in walks.

Chicago’s offense may be awful right now, but Anderson has continued to produce like the superstar we project him to be.

So far this season, Anderson has collected 24 hits in 72 at bats out of the leadoff spot for Chicago. After Monday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Angels, Anderson was slashing .357/.379/.500 over his last seven games.

 

Anderson already missed two games via suspension this season, and is currently appealing another for flipping the bird at Guardians fans a la Kyrie Irving. But unlike the aforementioned Irving, Tim has been head and shoulders the best ballplayer on his team every time he takes the field.

MINNESOTA GETTING BETTER AS WE GO

The Minnesota Twins offensive numbers won’t blow you away, but over the last seven games Buxton has gotten some help from their prize free agent signing, World Series Champion Carlos Correa. Over the last week of games, Carlos is slashing .357/.419/.393, a sign that Carlos is putting the ball in play, just not out of the ballpark.

 

 

The improved play of Correa combined with lefty Max Keplers .888 OPS have given Byron enough help throughout the first few weeks of the season to propel the Twins to first in the division. If fellow offseason additions like Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela can snap out of their early season funk to contribute, Minnesota may have some staying power at the top the AL Central.

As for Buxton, the concerns about his health remain and the threat of injury hangs over any projections we make about him. Buxton has always produced when on the field, often putting up numbers in spurts that compare to Mike Trout.

If Big Bux stays in the lineup all season, the Twins will be a formidable opponent the remainder of the season.

Both TA and Buxton have been close to their A games all season, the only question remaining is which one’s supporting cast will catch up quickest.