As of Thursday, June 17th, 2021 the Chicago White Sox are currently enjoying the best record and winning percentage in Major League Baseball as they are tied with the San Francisco Giants with a record of 43 wins and 25 loses which is good for a winning percentage of .632. This is unusual for a team that has been battling the type of injuries to their core ball players like the Chicago White Sox have. Even more strange on the Northside of National League, the Chicago Cubs have been doing much the same as they have been winning while constantly dealing with one injury after another to their key players although they have not posted as impressive of a record as the White Sox have on the Southside of Chicago.
Recent Series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays
The Chicago White Sox just completed a three – game series against another one of the best teams in the American League as well as Major League Baseball as a whole in the Tampa Bay Rays. On Monday, June 14th, 2021 the Tampa Bay Rays beat the White Sox with a final score of 5 to 2, but the following day on Tuesday, June 15th, 2021 the Chicago White Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays with a count of 3 to 0.
On Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 the Chicago White Sox once again battled the tough Tampa Bay Rays and this one went to extra innings with the Chicago White Sox finally winning the rubber match of this series with a score of 8 to 7 in the 10th inning of the ball game on a Yasmani Grandal single driving in the winning run of the contest. These were huge games for both of these serious contenders in the highly competitive American League of Major League Baseball.
Notable Injuries to Chicago White Sox Baseball Players
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Michael Kopech – RP – Hamstring Injury – Expected to be out until at least June 25, 2021
Adam Eaton – RF – Leg Injury – Probable for June 17, 2021
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Nick Madrigal – 2B – Hamstring Injury – Out for the remainder of the 2021 MLB season
Jace Fry – RP – Back Injury – Expected to be out until at least June 18, 2021
Yoan Moncada – 3B – Illness – Probable for June 17, 2021
Monday, June 14, 2021
Eloy Jimenez – LF – Pectoral Injury – Expected to be out until at least August 3, 2021
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Billy Hamilton – CF – Oblique Injury – Expected to be out until at least June 25, 2021
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Luis Robert – CF – Hip Injury – Expected to be out until at least August 15, 2021
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Jimmy Cordero – RP – Elbow Injury – Out for the entire 2021 MLB season
"The nine guys who were going to play were the nine guys who were going to play," the manager of the Chicago White Sox, Tony La Russa, explained regarding his patchwork of a starting line – up at the moment. "You have some lineups that you have to do [out of necessity], and it's always impressive when they play like they did today."
"He apologized for the error, and I said, 'Don't apologize unless you don't try hard,'" says La Russa. "I mean, this club, they've really got their act together. It's very special. This one here is going to be [a] keeper. Because of the contributions of the guys who had to play. That's special stuff, up and down the lineup."
"It's not a 25- or 26-man roster, it's a 40-man roster," the Chicago White Sox starting catcher Yasmani Grandal stated. "It takes all of us to make it to where we want to go and reach our goal. The fact that we've had guys coming off the bench and doing a good job and helping us win, you watch all the good teams and they all have guys coming off the bench and helping them win."
The Chicago White Sox 2021 MLB Playoff Run
It is simply amazing that the Chicago White Sox continue to dominate Major League Baseball while they continuously have some of their best players moving on and off of the MLB injured list over the course of the last few months. The Chicago White sox will be feared and heavily favored if they get the majority of their starting line – up back to full health prior to the 2021 MLB playoffs which are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 this year. This should make for a very dramatic and exciting MLB postseason for the Southsiders of Chicago.
Hopefully the Chicago White Sox do not suffer anymore season ending injuries like Nick Madrigal just did the other day. They need their core players at full strength by the end of the 2021 summer in order to compete for the pennant in the highly competitive American League this year. Only time will tell if the young and successful Chicago White Sox can continue to tear up the big – league competition for the full 162 game regular season as well as the strenuous 2021 MLB playoffs that follow right after the conclusion of the MLB regular season.
Current MLB Standings (as of Thursday, June 17th, 2021)
American League East
Tampa Bay Rays 43 – 26 0 Games Behind
Boston Red Sox 42 – 27 1 Games Behind
New York Yankees 35 – 32 7 Games Behind
Toronto Blue Jays 33 – 33 8.5 Games Behind
Baltimore Orioles 22 – 45 20 Games Behind
American League Central
Chicago White Sox 43 – 25 0 Games Behind
Cleveland Indians 37 – 28 4.5 Games Behind
Kansas City Royals 30 – 37 12.5 Games Behind
Detroit Tigers 29 – 39 14 Games Behind
Minnesota Twins 27 – 41 16 Games Behind
American League West
Oakland Athletics 43 – 27 0 Games Behind
Houston Astros 39 – 28 2.5 Games Behind
Seattle Mariners 34 – 36 9 Games Behind
Los Angeles Angels 33 – 35 9 Games Behind
Texas Rangers 25 – 43 17 Games Behind
National League East
New York Mets 35 – 25 0 Games Behind
Philadelphia Phillies 33 – 33 5 Games Behind
Atlanta Braves 30 – 35 7.5 Games Behind
Washington Nationals 30 – 35 7.5 Games Behind
Miami Marlins 29 – 39 10 Games Behind
National League Central
Milwaukee Brewers 38 – 30 0 Games Behind
Chicago Cubs 38 – 30 0 Games Behind
Cincinnati Reds 35 – 31 2 Games Behind
St. Louis Cardinals 35 – 33 3 Games Behind
Pittsburgh Pirates 23 – 44 14.5 Games Behind
National League West
San Francisco Giants 43 – 25 0 Games Behind
Los Angeles Dodgers 41 – 27 2 Games Behind
San Diego Padres 38 – 32 6 Games Behind
Colorado Rockies 28 – 41 15.5 Games Behind
Arizona Diamondbacks 20 – 49 23.5 Games Behind
Odds to Win the MLB 2021 World Series
According to Bovada sportsbook below are the odds to win the MLB 2021 World Series as of Thursday, June 17th, 2021. Currently the Chicago White Sox have the 2nd highest odds to win it all for this exciting 162 game regular season of Major League Baseball in addition to the 2021 MLB playoffs. Get ready Chicago for the most exciting MLB postseason since the 2005 MLB Playoffs when the Chicago White Sox won the World Series last.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||+350|
|Chicago White Sox||+650|
|San Diego Padres||+700|
|New York Mets||+1000|
|New York Yankees||+1200|
|Tampa Bay Rays||+1500|
|Boston Red Sox||+1800|
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“United States, MLB Futures, MLB 2021 World Series: To Win Outright”, bovada.lv, June 17, 2021.