White Sox manager Tony LaRussa said Wednesday that Anderson will serve as the club's leadoff hitter this season, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Even with Chicago bringing in a new skipper for 2021, Anderson was fully expected to retain his leadoff role after slashing .322/.357/.529 over 221 plate appearances last season. For the second straight year, Anderson greatly outperformed his expected batting average (.293), but even if regression finally rears its head in 2021, the 27-year-old should remain a major asset in that category. His power/speed combination and placement atop one of the majors' strongest lineups further burnishes his fantasy value.
Anderson went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Athletics. He now has three hits in each of the two games in this series, as Anderson's bat has stayed hot this postseason. Look for him to lead off again in Thursday's deciding Game 3.
Anderson was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Indians, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. The 27-year-old was due to hit fourth during the 10th inning Tuesday, but he got ejected from the dugout while arguing a called check swing on teammate Luis Robert. Anderson went 1-for-4 with a strikeout before getting tossed and now has a .353/.387.583 slash line in 44 games.
Anderson went 1-for-5 with a run scored in Monday's 7-4 loss to Cleveland. Anderson left Sunday's game with cramping in his hamstring but was able to return the next day and play a full game. Chicago has no scheduled days off the rest of the regular season, so there may be a rest day for Anderson at some point this week in preparation for the postseason.
Anderson (hamstring) will start at shortstop and will leadoff Monday against the Indians. Anderson looked like a prime candidate to receive a day off Monday after exiting Sunday's loss to the Reds with a right hamstring cramp, but the 27-year-old evidently feels ready to play through the pain as the White Sox look to secure the American League's top record during the final week of the regular season. He'll occupy his familiar perch atop the order, where he's been a spark plug all season for one of the majors' most potent lineups. Anderson maintains a .996 OPS on the campaign, a 131-point increase from the career-best mark he posted in 2019.