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White Sox Being Disrespected by Latest MLB Power Rankings

Jason Schandl
ESPN MLB power rankings are disrespectful to the Chicago White Sox.
ESPN MLB power rankings are disrespectful to the Chicago White Sox. / Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Chicago White Sox have been somewhat slow out of the gate in 2020, but they spot a 3-4 record, and seven games is hardly a big enough sample to get worried about.

That's why their drop in the latest ESPN MLB power rankings is a slap in the face.

After just one week of action, ESPN has dropped the White Sox all the way down to No. 12 — a five-spot fall from their pre-season ranking of No. 7.

Considering three of those four losses came against the Los Angeles Angels, who ESPN ranks as a top-10 team in baseball, that is way too big a drop. It's not like having a losing record disqualifies teams from having a strong ranking, either. ESPN still has the 1-2 New York Mets ranked No. 6 and the 2-4 Atlanta Braves at No. 4.

The White Sox are averaging 6.00 runs per game (T-No. 6 in the MLB), so their offense is obviously in a fine place. The early-season pitching results have been suspect (4.55 ERA), but they actually still rank No. 10 in the MLB in xFIP, so we can expect things to turn around quickly on the defensive end.

The White Sox are still a legitimate World Series contender, and it shouldn't be long before they prove how ridiculous this ranking is.

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