KANSAS CITY -- Tim Anderson nearly had the game-winning hit on Wednesday night and turned in a nice pair of defensive plays. But the White Sox rookie also struck out five times and has struggled early in August.
With that in mind, manager Robin Ventura dropped Anderson from the leadoff spot to seventh in the White Sox order on Thursday. Ventura hopes it helps alleviate some of the pressure Anderson perhaps has felt to perform. Anderson has produced a .434 OPS in seven games in August.
“He’s a young kid, against the lefty he has a pretty good chance,” Ventura said. “But you want to also get him down there where he doesn’t have to feel like a leadoff hitter all the time. “That’s probably getting to him a little being up there wanting to make things happen. He had a good at bat last night, it wasn’t hit hard but it gets the job done.”
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The White Sox have said all along they like how Anderson handles himself in tough spots. Outfielder J.B. Shuck said Anderson’s attitude never changed when he experienced his toughest month as a pro in April at Triple-A Charlotte. Even though Anderson struck out five times in seven at-bats on Wednesday, Ventura thinks he has the ability to shake it off.
“ It is a tough night and he could have come out feeling good, he fisted one over first base,” Ventura said. “But mentally he’s a tough kid that’s going to be able to handle it.”