CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson wasn't gauging the arm strength of Detroit center fielder Leonys Martin or the depth of Adam Engel's fly ball when he scored from third on a short sacrifice fly in the second inning of Thursday's home-opening loss.The White Sox shortstop just knew he could make it
CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson wasn't gauging the arm strength of Detroit center fielder Leonys Martin or the depth of Adam Engel's fly ball when he scored from third on a short sacrifice fly in the second inning of Thursday's home-opening loss.
The White Sox shortstop just knew he could make it safely.
"I feel like nobody can throw me out," a smiling Anderson said. "Just the confidence level, that level is way up.
"I'm having a bunch of fun. I knew instantly when that ball was hit, I was tagging. I'm going to keep running and see what happens."
According to Statcast™, based on Martin being in center, the shallowest edge of the "decision zone" for Anderson -- where he could consider running -- would be 255 feet. The fly ball was hit 250 feet. Anderson recorded a sprint speed of 31.0 feet per second (anything 30-plus is elite speed), going third to home in 3.61 seconds.
This run was set up by Anderson's single and his steal of second, giving him four stolen bases in four attempts. MLB.com columnist Joe Posnanski recently listed Anderson as one of five players who possibly could get to 80 stolen bases this season, but Anderson once again smiled when stating he doesn't have a total in mind.
"We'll see where we are at at the end of the year but I'm going to keep running, that's the plan," Anderson said. "Get good jumps and doing my homework on these pitchers and picking them apart.
"Just take the information that Cappy [third base coach Nick Capra] gives me. What alerts me to know [pitchers] are going to the plate and just breaking them down from bottom to the top and seeing what sticks out that's different to me to kind of get a good jump. That's kind of how I have been going about it and it's been working so far."
Anderson's energy and intensity have been palpable through the season's first week.
"Definitely when I step in between the lines it's a totally different person. I feel like I'm unstoppable out there when I'm playing," Anderson said. "It's fun to play at a high level and with so much energy.
"People feed off of that. It helps people in the dugout, helps my teammates to get going. For them to see that, it's exciting. It brings the fans into it. It starts something that keeps rolling and it's contagious. Hopefully it helps the team keep going, playing with a whole lot of energy."
Monday's time change
With inclement and cold weather forecast for Chicago on Monday, the game between the White Sox and Rays scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT at Guaranteed Rate Field was moved to 1:10 p.m. CT.
"They let us know that they were gonna change it, that Tampa was OK with it," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I'm assuming it's gonna be cold. Playing them in the day, there's a better chance that [we stay] warm."
Coyne with unique first pitch
Kendall Coyne, a 2018 Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. women's hockey team, found a unique way to "throw out" a first pitch Saturday. The native of Southwest Suburban Palos Heights, Ill., used a wrist shot with her stick to fire a perfect strike behind home plate to Miguel Gonzalez.
"It's a tremendous honor, especially on Opening Weekend," said Coyne, who grew up a White Sox fan and played softball at Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Ill. "There are so many surreal people that could be doing this and have done this, so just to be able to be here and be with my family and be a part of this Opening Weekend, especially for the White Sox, is truly incredible."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.