Anderson is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians. Anderson will receive a standard day off following 21 straight starts, while slashing .322/.337/.444 during that span. In his place, Tyler Saladino will pick up a start at shortstop.
Anderson went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 8-1 win over the Royals. Anderson extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games, continuing a surge that kicked off Aug. 1. During that run, he's brought his speed back into play -- Sunday's stolen base was his ninth over the last 17 games. Speed was an element of his game when he was in the minors, but Anderson got away from it for a while once he hit the majors.
Anderson went 1-for-4 with a home run and a strikeout in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Astros. He extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, as he continues his torrid close to the season. Anderson was hitting .232/.254/.347 on Aug. 1, and now he is slashing .263/.280/.417 with 17 home runs and 14 steals (on 15 attempts). His impressive tools have never been up for debate, but his approach still leaves a lot to be desired. Considering the way he is closing out his season, Anderson should enter 2018 as a strong power/speed target later in drafts.
Anderson's ninth-inning double broke up Matthew Boyd's no-hit bid in Sunday's 12-0 loss to the Tigers. Boyd snapped several hitting streaks by White Sox players, with only Anderson able to extend his to nine games. The 23-year-old shortstop is hitting .465 with five extra-base hits, five RBI and six steals over the course of his streak.
Anderson has reintroduced a running game to his offense this month, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Anderson had gone 72 games with just two attempted steals before swiping five bags in five attempts over the last nine games. Basestealing was a big part of his game in the minors -- Anderson stole 49 bases at Double-A Birmingham in 2015 -- and he said he got away from it in the majors for a variety of reasons. "Kind of got caught up in trying to impress when I got to the big leagues -- kind of lost focus with it and being not sure or kind of scared in certain spots, because I didn't want to get thrown out," he said. "Now it's just, 'So what if I get thrown out. Just go.'" With Anderson's power beginning to develop -- the 24-year-old has 16 home runs this season -- we're looking at a potential 20-20 man for the White Sox over the next several seasons.
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