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The 10 most important White Sox in 2019: No. 5 Tim Anderson

The 10 most important White Sox in 2019: No. 5 Tim Anderson

"Either ride with us or get run over."

Tim Anderson gave the 2019 White Sox a sort of catchphrase in the early days of spring training, and he's sounding like a blossoming leader on the South Side.

Anderson was one of the brightest spots for the White Sox during their 100-loss campaign last season, specifically with the glove, where the guy who made 28 errors in 2017 turned into a human highlight reel at shortstop. He also had himself a 20-20 season, with 20 homers and 26 stolen bases.

It was a positive campaign for Anderson, but like many of his teammates, he's still got some things to prove to make himself a no-doubt building block of the future for a team looking to make the transition from rebuilding to contending in the next couple seasons. Anderson slashed just .240/.281/.406 in 2018, with 149 strikeouts and only 30 walks. Those numbers need to get better.

But if Anderson can keep improving defensively and offensively, he'll make himself an anchor of this rebuilding effort. And the increased talk, sparked by the team's pursuit of Manny Machado, who many fans were willing to hand the shortstop position to, could make him a leader of that transition.

As for this season, Anderson could strengthen the bottom of the White Sox batting order, keeping the train moving after Jon Jay, Yoan Moncada, Jose Abreu, Yonder Alonso and Eloy Jimenez get things going at the top. And being a reliable glove on the left side of the infield could be big as Moncada settles in to his new position at third base.

It seems like it's always a big year for Anderson, and 2019 will be no different. He's confident about it, though, as always. So "either ride with us or get run over."

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Tim Anderson's bat flip gets the Twittersphere buzzing

Tim Anderson's bat flip gets the Twittersphere buzzing

 

The White Sox made national headlines on Wednesday for being involved in a scuffle with the Kansas City Royals after an emphatic bat flip by Tim Anderson.

The 25-year old Anderson absolutely crushed his 50th career home run in the fourth inning and followed with the bat flip-heard-’round-the-world. Later on, Kansas City pitcher Brad Keller hit Anderson with a fastball and chaos ensued. In the end, ump Joe West ejected Keller, Anderson, White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum.

The incident certainly caught the eye of the Twittersphere, with the reactions being split down the middle.

Anderson had a response to a tweet from Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk, who seemed to be referencing Anderson in complaining about the “excessive” “pimping” on homeruns.

And even free agent NFL quarterback Josh McCown got in on the debate:

The White Sox don’t see the Royals again until May 27, so Anderson and co. will have a awhile before they get a chance to get payback in the form of a win.

Yoan Moncada says he's fine after early exit, while Lucas Giolito's status is more of a mystery

Yoan Moncada says he's fine after early exit, while Lucas Giolito's status is more of a mystery

Lucas Giolito and Yoan Moncada both made early exits in Wednesday's game, though at the moment the outlook seems rosier for the third baseman than it does for the starting pitcher.

Moncada was hit in the head, while wearing a helmet, of course, by a throw from the catcher as he was attempting to steal second base. He appeared significantly shaken up and drew attention from the dugout but stayed in the game — briefly. He departed in favor of a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, the White Sox announcing shortly thereafter that tests for a concussion came up negative.

After the game, Moncada talked of a headache, but he also pointed toward wanting to play in Thursday afternoon's game against the Detroit Tigers in the Motor City.

"I'm going to be better tomorrow and I want to play tomorrow," he said through team interpreter Billy Russo.

There was little in the way of a postgame update on Giolito. The right-hander left the game in the midst of a sterling start, with five strikeouts through just 2.2 hitless innings. But he felt something in his hamstring on a third-inning pitch to Alex Gordon and came out of the game after a couple practice tosses. He didn't react well to his exit, looking distraught as he made his way from the field to the dugout to the clubhouse. The White Sox announced hamstring tightness and a day-to-day status during the game.

Giolito didn't speak with the media following the game, which lasted more than four hours. Manager Rick Renteria merely said that the pitcher would be reevaluated Wednesday night.

"We'll re-evaluate him later on today and see where he's at," Renteria said.

Whether or not Moncada gets his wish of playing in Thursday's matinee, it sounds as if his ailment is little to be concerned about. Giolito, on the other hand, is a mystery. The reaction caught by TV cameras wasn't confidence-inspiring, though it could have simply been a show of frustration over having to exit what looked to be a promising start.

If Giolito ends up missing any time, the White Sox aren't blessed with too many options to replace him in the rotation. The logical choice might be Dylan Covey, who made the Opening Day bullpen but was sent to Triple-A Charlotte to work on being a starter. The team could also decide to temporarily move Manny Banuelos from the bullpen, where he's succeeded as a long man, to the rotation. Such a move, however, would leave a hole in the relief corps, which would need a new innings eater.

That's all hypothetical at the moment, though, as the White Sox wait for word on Giolito.

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