The Chicago White Sox are one of the best teams in baseball. They are 72-54 and 9.0 games ahead of the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. The team is finally starting to get healthy and is gearing up for a postseason run.
There are plenty of players to thank for this. Lance Lynn and Carlos Rodon are Cy-Young candidates and each represented the White Sox in the All-Star game. Lynn boasts the best ERA in the American League and also leads the team in wins.
The back end of the rotation has been solid as well. Dylan Cease leads the team in strikeouts while Lucas Giolito has been his usual productive self.
In the bullpen, Liam Hendriks leads the American League in saves and also recorded a save in the All-Star game. The White Sox have also benefitted from flame-throwing super weapons Micheal Kopech and Garrett Crochet.
The Chicago White Sox have needed big help from everyone so far in 2021.
On offense, the 2020 MVP Jose Abreu leads the team in home runs (25), RBI (92), slugging percentage (.479), and OPS (.814). The sparkplug for the offense has been Tim Anderson who leads the squad in batting average (.303), stolen bases (17), runs scored (78), hits (135), and doubles (24). Anderson was rewarded with a trip to the All-Star Game as well.
Yoan Moncada has also played an intricate part in the offense, leading the way with a .372 on-base percentage. While production from their stars players is great to see, the White Sox would not be where they are in the standings without some unsung heroes. Here are the five underrated heroes of the 2021 season so far: