The White Sox knew Brian Anderson was going to struggle at the plate during his rookie season. They knew there were going to be times where his only value to the team was for his defense. They've done the best they could to shield him from criticism and protect him in the lineup, but now we're starting to hear murmurs from Ozzie and the media.
"It's not an easy situation for him or for me," Guillen said. "I want it for him. But in the meanwhile, we're not building. This is not the Instructional League. This team is built to win as many games as we can. Right now it doesn't seem uglier because we're winning."
- The first week or so he had no plan. He just reacted to the pitch.
- Then he tried to "slow his bat down," which doesn't even sound like it would work.
- Then he tried to be more patient, but he got too passive and couldn't handle many two-strike pitches.
- On the recent West Coast swing, he looked balanced and relaxed at the plate. He appeared comfortable for the first time, but the results weren't there.
- In Cleveland, he got agressive. And these may have been the most troubling at bats of the season, because when you swing early in the count you expect to make good contact. Anderson was making contact, but he wasn't squaring the ball at all. He made numerous weak ground-ball outs and pop-ups, in addition to striking out 3 times on Monday.
Anderson will get more time to either hit, or prove he's not ready, but it appears pretty clear who the White Sox think is their next-best option. In the mean time, expect them to move towards more of a platoon situation with Mackowiak and Anderson getting about equal time.