Chicago White Sox: Finally in first place of AL Central all alone
The Chicago White Sox are now 17-13. They got there after a big 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. They defeated Brad Keller again which is really fun because he is the arch-nemesis these days. That guy has no chance against the White Sox ever but that is a different story for a different day.
The Chicago White Sox are a team that believes they can be 2021 division champions.
The win put them all alone in first place of the American League Central Division for the first time this season. They might bounce around a bit before they take a stranglehold but this is a great step. There are a lot of things that have gone wrong in 2021 for the White Sox and they still manage to win more than they lose.
Carlos Rodon deserves the most credit for this win. He is now 5-0 on the season and didn’t give up a run yet again. It has been a dominant year so far which is so nice to see. The 3-0 lead that the offense provided for him along with some good relief from Codi Heuer, Aaron Bummer, and Liam Hendriks was just enough to get the big win.
Going into the night, it was a three-way tie for first place with the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians. Of course, this win was over the Royals so they passed them by default. The exciting piece of help that the White Sox received came from the team they just played in the Cincinnati Reds. They defeated the Cleveland Indians thanks to a no-hitter by Wade Miley.
The no-hitter was in doubt because the game went into the 9th inning tied at 0. It was great for White Sox fans when the Reds put up a few runs in the top of the 9th before the no-no was complete. It was cool to see Miley do that but it was even cooler to see Cleveland lose. There is so much baseball left this season but this was a good night for the White Sox in the standings.
They have a chance to build on their lead with two more against the Royals. Two left-handed pitchers (Daniel Lynch and Mike Minor) are lined up to face Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito today and tomorrow. It is a pitching matchup that favors the White Sox but we need to see them go out and perform.
Being in first place isn’t that big of a deal in early May because anything can happen down the stretch but it feels good to see it be the case with all of the injuries that they have. They have what it takes to do something special this season once the injured players return in time for the postseason. Hopefully, they keep this going.