The Chicago White Sox are a team full of young and hungry players ready to go toe to toe with any top-tier team in the majors. They made the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008 and head into 2021 with the fourth-best odds to win the World Series set at +850, according to MLB future odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Teams with this much hype surrounding them are not always able to live up to the expectations, but the White Sox are built like a World Series contender. With that being said, here are three stats proving they have what it takes to go all the way this season.
1. 1.60 Home Runs Per Game
The White Sox have power up and down their starting lineup with six hitters capable of hitting 25+ home runs this season. Leading the way is reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu (19 home runs in 60 games last season) and Eloy Jimenez (14 home runs in 55 games). The team's average of 1.60 home runs per game ranked as the fourth-highest amount in the majors last season. They take full advantage of playing at Guranteed Rate Field, which is considered a hitter-friendly ballpark. With the amount of firepower featured throughout this lineup, don't be surprised if that average of 1.60 is topped in 2021.
2. .225 Opponent Batting Average
A strong pitching staff is key to winning ball games and the White Sox have a rotation ready to compete with any opposing lineup in the league. Led by young ace Lucas Giolito (threw a no-hitter last season), the White Sox held opposing teams to just a .225 batting average in 2020. That mark ranked as the fourth-lowest amongst MLB teams. Plus, the White Sox went out in the offseason and improved their rotation by trading for starter Lance Lynn, who led the league with 84.0 innings pitched last season. The White Sox may be scary on offense, but their pitching staff enters the season just as daunting.
3. 3.76 Bullpen ERA
Alongside a strong starting rotation is a shutdown bullpen for the White Sox. The bullpen's 3.46 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in the 2020 regular season both ranked No. 7 amongst teams. The White Sox made a splash in the offseason by signing an exceptional arm in Liam Hendriks. Hendriks has posted an ERA under 2.00 in each of the last two seasons and racked up 39 saves during that span. The White Sox are deep in the bullpen with relievers like Aaron Bummer (0.96 ERA last season) and Evan Marshall (30 strikeouts in 22.1 IP last season) also waiting in the wings.
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