Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson is returning to the lineup this evening. Anderson has missed the last 13 games with a hamstring injury. Though the White Sox have a commanding lead in the AL Central, Anderson adds a major impact in his return. In 108 games in the 2021 season, Anderson is slashing .302/.331/.458. in addition to hitting 14 home runs, driving in 53, and stealing 17 bases on the year.
The 2019 batting champion is worth 3.9 BWAR thus far in 2021. Anderson has provided elite defense as well. He has only committed six errors on a career-best 94% fielding percentage. Getting a player like Anderson back in the lineup should help the White Sox gain some momentum as they head for the postseason. Just to prove a point of how impactful Anderson is, the White Sox are only 18-17 without him in the lineup. Anderson sets the tone for this team to win. When Anderson is in the lineup, the White Sox are 63-45.
It’s not just that Anderson can set the tone from the lead-off position either. Anderson’s clutch stats are impressive. Anderson ranks fourth on the squad for runs driven in, fifth in OPB among qualified hitters, sixth in slugging percentage, and fourth in OPS. The dude is as clutch as they come.
With only 19 games left in the regular season, adding Anderson back to the fold is paramount. The Pale Hose will finally be near full strength once again as October approaches and playoff baseball begins.