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White Sox Being Disrespected by ESPN Opening Day Power Rankings

Larry Rupp
The Chicago White Sox are being disrespected by ESPN's Opening Day power rankings.
The Chicago White Sox are being disrespected by ESPN's Opening Day power rankings. / Norm Hall/Getty Images

The 2021 MLB season is upon us and that means it is time to start looking at where the top tier teams from last season rank now. When it comes to the Chicago White Sox, they are being disrespected by ESPN's Opening Day power rankings as they come in at No. 7.

The White Sox come in one spot behind another AL Central team in the Minnesota Twins. However, they should be viewed as the favorites to win that division and have the firepower necessary to be a top-5 team in the league. In fact, the White Sox could easily compete for an AL Pennant.

Chicago White Sox Power Rankings

While losing start outfielder Eloy Jimenez to an injury in spring training will be tough to handle, the White sox have the offensive depth to adapt. Reigning AL MVP first baseman Jose Abreu and exciting outfielder Luis Robert lead a stacked young lineup that averaged 5.03 runs per game last season (No. 6 in the MLB).

When it comes to the White Sox pitching staff, look no further than starting ace Lucas Giolito. Giolito threw a no-hitter last season and heads into 2021 as a candidate to win the AL Cy Young award. The White Sox also made a huge offseason signing in reliever Liam Hendriks (1.79 ERA over last two seasons).

Don't underestimate what this White sox team is capable of doing as they can easily outperform expectations this season. They enter this year with -120 odds to win the AL Central and +850 odds to win the World Series, according to MLB odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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