Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox may not have a vast amount of postseason experience, but numbers show that he is making an impact at the plate in every playoff appearance.
Heading into Tuesday’s Game 4 of the American League Division Series between the Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros, Anderson is a combined 16-for-29 at the plate in six postseason games for the Southsiders (three against the Oakland A’s in the expanded 2020 American League Wild Card and three in the 2021 ALDS matchup against Houston).
The mind-boggling postseason statistics being put together by Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox
You read that correctly. Anderson is batting .552 and has a slash line of .552/.552/.621 with an OPS of 1.172 when the bright lights of the postseason are shining upon him.
Of his 16 hits, only two have gone for extra bases. Both of those came in 2020 against Oakland and both were doubles.
Interestingly, the 28-year-old Anderson also has just one RBI during this torrid stretch.
As Chicago’s leadoff hitter, however, Anderson has been setting the plate for his teammates. In this year’s ALDS, Anderson has reached base on seven occasions (all singles) and has scored four times.
Here’s a fascinating thought: Anderson went 3-for-6 in Chicago’s 12-6 win over Houston on Sunday. By batting .500 in the game, he actually brought his overall postseason numbers at the plate down. That’s how hot he has been in the postseason during his career.
Tim Anderson is etching his name in the record books
Anderson is also etching his name in the White Sox record books, becoming one of just four players in franchise history (along with Jose Abreu, Luis Robert, and Juan Uribe) to record at least one hit in each of his first six postseason contests.
Of course, while Anderson is posting some eye-popping postseason numbers, Anderson’s production at the plate shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise to those who have been paying attention to the White Sox All-Star shortstop. He has put together three consecutive seasons with a .309 or better batting average during the regular season, including an MLB-leading .335 in 2019.