It looks like Tim Anderson will have to settle for personal achievements this season.
After overcoming a 4-run deficit Sunday night to force a Game 4, the Chicago White Sox gave their fans an ending more disappointing than the Sopranos Series Finale, getting wacked 10-1 by the Houston Astros.
The White Sox jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but the Astros once again battled back to take a 5-1 lead and would never trail again.
Houston overpowered the White Sox in every facet of the game, including at manager. Dusty Baker sonned his former rival Tony LaRussa all series, countering every move LaRussa had with a better of his own.
Both men have said the rivalry is behind them, but a beating like this seems personal.
As for Anderson, there is still plenty to be proud of this season. The White Sox won their first division championship in 13 years and appeared in the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in team history.
TA7 Stepped It Up
Now TA7 will always be known as a hitter, but another aspect of his game that has drastically improved is his defense.
In 2019, the last full MLB season, Anderson had 26 errors and a .951 fielding percentage.
This season TA cut his errors down to 10, while raising his fielding percentage to .971.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson set a MLB record for most hits in his first 5 playoff games after going 3-for-5 today in a loss to the Astros in Game 2 of ALDS. The White Sox shortstop has 13 hits in 5 career postseason games.
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.
"These are the moments you want to be in. It's what you play for," Tim Anderson said. "Competing at the highest level where everybody is tuned in." pic.twitter.com/6t8CC7xFi5