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Anderson chases batting title as White Sox visit Tigers

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Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

  1. Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson rank first and second in MLB, respectively, with 30 and 27 hits in the month of September. The duo's 57 hits are 10 more than any other MLB duo this month, with the Tigers' Harold Castro and Victor Reyes combining for 47 hits.
  2. The White Sox have 30 hits over their last two games, the team's first two-game span with at least 30 hits since April 26-28. The team's .810 OPS ranks fifth in MLB this month, after ranking 27th in OPS in all months prior to September (.707).
  3. The Tigers were swept by the Indians, scoring three combined runs in the three-game series. Tigers' pitchers have a .291 opponent batting average in September, worst in MLB.
  4. Miguel Cabrera has scored 38 runs this season, nine fewer than any other of the 117 players with at least 500 plate appearances in 2019. He leads the Tigers with 55 RBI, 21 fewer than any other team leader in MLB (Daniel Vogelbach, Randal Grichuk -- 76 apiece).
  5. Jose Abreu has hit safely in his last 11 games against the Tigers and is hitting .426 with a 1.151 OPS in those games, and his .426 average is tied for fifth highest by any player against a single opponent in 2019 (minimum 50 PA).
  6. The White Sox have gone 8-4 against the Tigers in 2019, and their .327 batting average against the Tigers would be their best against any opponent (min. 10 games played) since hitting .333 against the Anaheim Angels in 2000.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/20/2019 thru 9/22/2019

If you've ever heard an athlete giving an interview, and thought maybe you were hearing spin instead of the truth, it probably wasn't Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson you were hearing.

At least, not about his chances of winning an American League batting title.

Among the bright spots from another down year for the White Sox (67-86), Anderson added two hits Friday to raise his batting average to majors-best .336 as Chicago defeated host Detroit 10-1 in the opener of a three-game series.

The teams meet again Saturday evening, and with the White Sox out of contention for months, Anderson isn't shy about talking about his personal quest.

"I ain't afraid to say it: Damn right I want to win the batting title," Anderson told the Chicago Sun-Times this week. "I've made it this far, so why not go for it? We all know it's possible. Why not? We're in September. We're only playing for a [little] while longer. It's only right to go for it."

A career .258 hitter in his first three seasons, Anderson has spent this entire season over .300, save for the first two games. In fact, his average has been below .310 for only a few games, and he's finishing with a flourish, posting a .364 average in August, and he's off to a .392 start for September.

Chicago manager Rick Renteria says the batting title chase is "pretty cool. You think of the path he's taken and where he's at -- just to be even in the top 10, the growth that has had to occur for him. It's been significant. I think it would mean a lot to him."

The next challenge for Anderson and the White Sox is Tigers rookie left-hander Tyler Alexander (1-3, 4.87 ERA), who has moved into the rotation for Detroit (45-108).

Alexander is coming off his first career win in his sixth major league start, pitching six innings and allowing only one run and four hits with no walks and three strikeouts in beating the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. He made 85 pitches.

"I felt like I was ahead of almost everybody, which helped keep my pitch count down. And ultimately it helped me eat as many innings as I could," Alexander told reporters afterward.

It's all about opening eyes, said Alexander, who also has made five appearances in relief.

"September pretty much is a showcase or a way to prove that you belong for a lot of guys that get called up later in the year," Alexander said. "And I'm included in that. Every time I pitch, I'm trying to prove that I belong here and pitch for a long time and I can be a starter, a long relief guy, a one-inning guy, whatever they need me to be."

Alexander has made two starts against the White Sox this season, going 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA. In 9 1/3 innings, he has allowed 14 hits, including three home runs.

The White Sox are countering with Ivan Nova (10-12, 4.83 ERA), a 10-year veteran.

Nova has made two starts against the Tigers this season, going 1-0 with a 3.77 ERA. In 10 career appearances against Detroit, nine of them as a starter, he is 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 21, 2019

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