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THE LEADOFF MAN: He never walks …
He swings at the first pitch a lot …
His on-base percentage isn’t ideal …
He strikes out a great deal …
I’m loving Tim Anderson as the White Sox leadoff man.
On Tuesday night, Anderson led off the Sox 6-1 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles with a first-pitch homer off Alex Wood.
That boosted Anderson’s 2017 average leading off games to .483 and his career average in that situation to .406.
While Anderson has never led off a game with a walk (in 70 plate appearances) aren’t a .483 on-base percentage or a .406 mark (which is his career output) hard to ignore?
Plus his power (Tuesday was his fourth career game-starting homer and third this season) and the prospects of a quick 1-0 lead are tempting.
*HE’S NO. 1: After serving as the Sox first batter, Anderson’s average as a leadoff hitter drops.
This season, he is batting .254 with a .276 on-base percentage overall in 29 starts as the Sox No. hitter this season. His career numbers in 70 starts there are .269 and .272.
*MORE TIM: Anderson is a .285 hitter (.287 on-base percentage) leading off innings in his career. … This season those numbers read .285 and .288.
*HIS TOP SPOT: Anderson’s best spot in the lineup is No. 7 where he is hitting .277 with a .295 on-base percentage there lifetime and .270/.291 this season.
*SOX ALMANAC, TODAY IN 1919, BABE’S BIG BLAST NOT ENOUGH: On this day in 1919, the White Sox overcame Babe Ruth’s tape measure blast in edging the Red Sox 7-6 at Comiskey Park.
Four innings after Ruth homered over the right field bleachers, Hap Felsch scored on Ray Schalk’s squeeze to end it.
Eight years later on this day, Babe hit the first roof shot homer at Comiskey Park.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: The White Sox face the Dodgers’ Yu Darvish on his 31st birthday today.
This will mark the 51st time (since 1913) the Sox will face a starting pitcher on his birthday.
The Sox are 23-27 vs. starters celebrating a birthday.
The last time that happened was when the Sox lost to the Twins and Phil Hughes, celebrating his 29th bday, 6-1 on June 24, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Sox last win over a birthday boy starting pitcher was on July 27, 2011. On that day in Chicago, the Sox and John Danks outdueled Max Scherzer, who was marking his 31st birthday.