While there have been unfortunate events affecting the Chicago White Sox this season, they find themselves ranked third in the updated MLB Power Rankings. From losing Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, to being without Tim Anderson for nine games, the White Sox haven’t crumbled.
The White Sox are currently sitting in first place in the AL Central. The White Sox are 7-3 in their last 10 games and have been clicking on all cylinders. They are currently sporting an MLB-best +53 run differential. They are also doing this while 27th in the MLB with 27 home runs. Also, as mentioned earlier, doing so without two of their best bats in Jimenez and Robert in the lineup.
They’re also hot despite 2020 American League MVP Jose Abreu has been struggling at the plate. Abreu is currently slashing .220/.317/.415. It’s just a matter of time before he gets back to his career averages. Yasmani Grandal, who is walking at an absurd clip, has struggled putting the bat on the ball this young season as well. Through the Sox struggles, they are still thriving.
Not only are the bats hot and thriving, the real key to success this season has been the pitching. The bullpen started off rough, but they have rebounded and are starting to become what experts and fans thought they could be. The starting pitching has nearly been the best in baseball. The Sox starting pitchers only gave up two runs in 38 innings of work, one of which was unearned. In Sunday’s win over the Kansas City Royals, Lucas Giolito let up a run in the first inning. That was the first earned run a White Sox starting pitcher had allowed since Sunday May 2, in their loss to the Cleveland Indians. The White Sox went through four straight games with their starters not allowing a run.
A true test presents itself on Tuesday, May 11 as the White Sox take on the fourth place Minnesota Twins.