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MLB Power Rankings: White Sox hold steady in Top 3

by Joe Binder

Here’s a complete overview of where baseball’s best team landed in this week’s power rankings:


MLB.com: 3

Previous Ranking: 2 (-1)

“The White Sox have won 15 of their past 20 games, while their starting pitchers are 11-4 with a 2.85 ERA during that stretch. Carlos Rodón, who carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning vs. the Tigers on Sunday, has a 1.89 ERA this season. It’s second lowest in the AL, behind only teammate Lance Lynn (1.23). Also, entering Sunday’s outing, opponents were hitting just .044 off Rodón’s slider.” – Alyson Footer.

Released on Monday, June 14th.


CBS Sports: 2

Previous Ranking: 2

“Carlos Rodon took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday after already throwing one earlier this season. He now has a 1.89 ERA and will be an All-Star less than a year after the White Sox non-tendered him.” – Matt Snyder

Released on Monday, June 14th.


The Athletic: 1

Previous Ranking: 5 (+4)

Conducted by James Fegan and Nick Groke. If you’re a subscriber of The Athletic, click here for further reasoning.

Released on Monday, June 14th.


Bleacher Report: 2

Previous Ranking: 3 (+1)

“The White Sox swept the Tigers over the weekend to improve to 8-3 in June, and they have a plus-106 run differential after tacking 21 on that figure last week. Nick Madrigal’s torn right hamstring has meant more playing time for Danny Mendick and Leury Garcia, while Adam Engel has returned to help bolster a thin outfield.” – Joel Reuter

Released on Tuesday, June 15th.


ESPN: 2

Previous Ranking: 4 (-2)

“With a .617 winning percentage and a run differential that suggests it should be more like .659 and a generally upward trajectory to this season, it might be time to glance down the line and wonder if the White Sox can break the franchise record for wins. Chicago’s mark is 100 by the 1917 club that won the White Sox’s first World Series and also was led in the dugout by Tony La Russa. We kid! Pants Rowland, in fact, was the skipper of that club and acquired that nickname, we suppose, because he wore pants and must have come from a place where that was a novelty. Tied for second is the 99 wins the 2005 team won under Ozzie Guillen, and that big season was capped with the franchise’s only other World Series title. The Guillen team is tied for second with La Russa’s 1983 club that won the AL West by 20 games, but lost to Baltimore in the ALCS. To add a second franchise-best team to the list and go on to win it all 38 years later would be a nice bit of historical symmetry for La Russa and the White Sox franchise. It would also be an unprecedented feat in MLB annals.” – Doolittle

Released on Thursday, June 10th.


FOX Sports: 2

Previous Ranking: 4 (+2)

“The White Sox (4) are a complete baseball team. A great offense and a great pitching rotation are resulting in a lot of wins for the White Sox.” – Ben Verlander

Released on Monday, June 14th.


Sports Illustrated: 2

Previous Ranking: 2

“For as much praise as the White Sox rotation gets, the bullpen has performed perhaps even better. Chicago’s relief pitchers lead the majors in combined fWAR (3.2) and FIP (3.37) while ranking seventh in ERA (3.58). The group’s K-BB% of 20% is also tops in the league. Yasmani Grandal still owns the quirkiest slash line of all, yet his bat has been locked in to start June. He’s hitting .250/.447/.679 in nine games this month, with four home runs in 38 plate appearances. The White Sox will face their toughest test this week with seven games against the Rays and Astros.” – Will Laws and Nick Selbe

Released on Monday, June 14th.


Coming up, the White Sox head to Houston for a huge four-game series this weekend. Check back here around the same time next week for another round of rankings!


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Gutz

This time ESPN forgot the Sox won the 1906 World Series!

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