The Chicago White Sox came into the 2021 MLB season as a legitimate World Series contender and they are certainly living up to the hype so far. They sit atop the AL Central division with a 19-13 record while being bolstered by a stellar pitching staff and a powerful offensive lineup.
White Sox fans will love to see that the team has jumped one spot since last week in MLB.com's latest power rankings from No. 4 to No. 3. They only trail two other scorching hot teams in the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants.
White Sox Rise in Power Rankings
It's safe to say no one expected the White Sox's pitching staff to be this dominant. The team is tied for the third-lowest ERA in the MLB at 3.16 and comes in ranked No. 6 averaging 10.09 strikeouts per 9 innings. Three different starting pitchers have pitched a complete game for the White Sox this year.
The White Sox are also elite on the offense as well. In fact, they are ranked No. 2 in the league in both runs per game (5.12) and team on-base percentage (0.338). Designated hitter Yermin Mercedes has shined with a .373 batting average that trails just Mike Trout for the highest mark in the MLB.
No matter how you look at it, the White sox have the pieces needed to compete this year and could make a deep playoff run. They currently have odds set at +1200 to win the World Series, according to MLB future odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.
The team from the South Side will look to keep the good times rolling in a 3-games series against the Minnesota Twins kicking off Tuesday night.
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