The 2022 MLB season is closer than ever with Opening Day slated to take place this week. All eyes will be on the Chicago White Sox, who've made strides in recent seasons, as they look for their first World Series appearance since their 2005 championship run.
Nevertheless, there are still 162 games to play before the playoffs even start, leaving the White Sox with a lot of work to do. Fortunately, the outlook is bright, proven by the fact that Chicago fans will love their team's spot on ESPN's Opening Day power rankings.
White Sox Power Rankings
ESPN has listed the White Sox as the No. 4 team on the site's Opening Day MLB power rankings. What's even more impressive is that the only American League team ahead of them is the Toronto Blue Jays (No. 2).
White Sox fans will also like the fact that ESPN has their team winning 93 games for the second straight year while giving them an 85.5% shot at making the postseason. Considering how Chicago has never qualified for the playoffs in three consecutive years, there's a lot to be excited about.
Health will play a big role in any success the White Sox sees this season. Luis Robert and Eloy Jiminez — two of the club's top players — missed a combined 201 regular-season games in 2021. If both young stars (as well as the rest of the team) avoid major injuries, The 27-year championship drought could end this Fall.
Oddsmakers also have a lot of faith when it comes to a potential White Sox title run. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving them +950 odds to win the 2022 World Series, placing them only behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (+470) and Blue Jays (+850).
Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.