CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- A 4-16 start to the second half drew some internal pause for the White Sox regarding their development, but the team was pleased by completing a resurgent 5-2 road trip recently.
A central figure in the improvement was shortstop Tim Anderson, who returned in late July after missing more than a month with a nasty ankle injury. His talent and personality have an uplifting on the White Sox's offense and the culture of the club.
Anderson has been hot lately, hitting .457 with a 1.115 OPS in eight games in August.
"I am just happy to be back into the lineup," Anderson said. "I bring whatever I have to this squad. The goal is going out and winning ballgames. It is to rally around my teammates. We had a good couple of wins in Detroit, so I am happy where we are.
"We have been going out and playing hard. We have been grinding."
The White Sox's offense has been awful since the All-Star break, averaging 3.5 runs per game. The White Sox are averaging 4.2 runs for the season, which ranks 28th of the 30 teams in baseball. The league average is just above 4.8.
"We have been a bit inconsistent," right-hander Lucas Giolito said. "This is a long season, and it was one where we were not playing our best baseball since the break. Getting Tim and Eloy back is important on a few different levels."
Even with Anderson's sharp play lately, the White Sox don't believe he's at full form yet. They're looking forward to seeing it down the stretch.
"Timmy is feeling his way back," Renteria said. "he is literally trying to get his legs under him. That confidence is returning. He is probably saying to himself, 'I can explode on this play and not worry about tweaking myself.' For us, we are now seeing the Timmy we had prior to the injury."
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.