For the first time since 2008, the Chicago White Sox are American League Central Division Champions. In a season filled with injuries, controversy, and some doubt, the White Sox came out on top. Entering the 2021 campaign, many analysts predicted the White Sox would finish second to the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central. Well, how did that work out? HA!
The White Sox pitching staff is what helped push this team over the edge. They currently rank sixth in ERA, fourth in average against, and sixth in WHIP. The offense was stagnant at times during the season due to injures to Yasmani Grandal, Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and Tim Anderson, all of whom missed considerable time. However, the offense did do enough to rank sixth in the league in run differential.
Adding The Fireworks
The White Sox came out hot in their division-clinching effort against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday afternoon. They scored seven runs in the first two innings against Aaron Civale, all of them coming via the long ball.
Tim Anderson set the tone with a leadoff home run in the first inning.
Luis Robert followed suit by leading off the second inning with a rocket over the left-field wall to make it 2-0 White Sox.
A welcome sight for the South Side faithful, Eloy Jimenez stroked his first home run since August 29, going back-to-back with Robert.
Following singles by Leury Garcia and Cesar Hernandez, Anderson delivered a three-run shot to push his game RBI total to four.
The Indians tagged Reynaldo Lopez for a pair of solo shots in the middle innings to make it a 7-2 ballgame, but the White Sox bullpen held strong to close out the first contest of the twin bill and secure the division title.
Through all the trials and tribulations of the 2021 season, the White Sox found a way to keep winning behind manager Tony La Russa and it culminated with an exclamation point this afternoon in Cleveland. It’s been 13 years since the South Siders last brought home a division title; enjoy it, White Sox fans!