It’s not a secret that the Chicago White Sox‘s offense was one of the best in MLB in 2021.
They scored the fourth-most runs in the American League and the seventh-most in MLB last year, with 796.
However, none of that run-scoring prowess would be possible without shortstop and catalyst Tim Anderson.
Anderson is the heart and soul of the White Sox.
The most impressive thing is that getting on base is not really his game: in the best season of his career, which came last year, he finished with a .338 OBP, which is closer to below-average than anything else.
However, the White Sox did pick him up more than a few times, and he scored 94 runs.
The White Sox Have An Impressive Lineup
How did he manage to do that?
According to Codify Baseball, he scored 46 percent of the time he reached base, which was the highest rate of any player in MLB.
Tim Anderson wants to HIT! 😂
Last season, he scored 46% of the time he reached base. That was the highest rate of any player in MLB. pic.twitter.com/ekBwaviPFh
— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) March 3, 2022
That’s pretty impressive and speaks more about the White Sox’s lineup than about Anderson himself.
Why did Anderson score so much in 2021?
Because he hit in front of Moncada, Abreu, Grandal, Robert, and Jimenez, usually in that order.
Abreu is often among the league leaders in RBI, and the rest are almost as good.
Anderson is a fantastic player in his own right, slashing .309/.338/.469, hitting 17 home runs and stealing 18 bases in 2021.
He will likely score a boatload of runs once again, as he has one of the best offenses in the league to back him up.