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Who is the best team in baseball right now?
Well, Sox fans would obviously say it's the Sox, but statistically, they're right.
Jeff Passan and crew members of Baseball Tonight Extra shared their thoughts on who they believe the best team in the league is ahead of the Sox game against the New York Yankees.
"They've (Sox) had an incredible year so far," ESPN staff writer Joon Lee said. "...(Yermín) Mercedes has been one of the best hitters in baseball. You're having guys like Tim Anderson, José Abreu continue to produce. Lucas Giolito is now kind of establishing himself I think as one of the best pitchers in baseball given his consistency over the last couple of years."
The Sox have achieved huge milestones this season, and it's not even close to being halfway over. Mercedes became the first Sox player to go 5-for-5 in his first MLB start and the first MLB player in the Modern Era to start a season 8-for-8. Abreu hit a grand slam for his 200th career home run and Carlos Rodón threw the 20th no-hitter in Sox history. Of course, Giolito's no-hitter in 2020 deserves an honorable mention as well.
According to ESPN MLB power rankings, Chicago is standing on top of the San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox. The Sox have the highest-scoring offense, averaging 5.29 runs per game. And with an outstanding pitching staff to match, the Sox have the league's fourth-best team ERA (3.28).
"The White Sox score the most runs per game, and in the American League, they're tied for the best ERA," ESPN's Jesse Rogers said. "That kind of thing hasn't happened since the 2001 Seattle Mariners who won 116 games."
2005 World Series members Scott Podsednik and Freddy Garcia were on that Mariners team, and they were good.
This young Sox team is even better, from voicing opinions on the rules of Modern Era baseball to having YoYo-themed plane rides to the Bronx. Any team that's strong offensively and defensively on the field must have high morale in the locker room, and Anderson and Mercedes are proof of that.
A team that was once on the rise with top prospects is now living out their tale. This squad is a force to be reckoned with.
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