Detroit Tigers Rank at the Top in Divisional Power Rankings After First Week
#4 Chicago White Sox
Run Differential: +5
Who They’ve Beat: Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins (Once Each)
Who Beat Them: Detroit Tigers (once) and the Minnesota Twins (Twice)
The Chicago White Sox’ run differential looks solid, however most of it is due to the team’s 11-2 win over the Tigers in the second game of the season.
Chicago used big days from Matt Davidson and Geovany Soto to come away with the blowout win.
The duo, who hit seventh and eighth for the club, combined for seven RBI and five runs scored on four hits and a pair of walks.
If you take that game out, Chicago is just 1-3 with a -4 run differential.
This probably seems a little more accurate for a team that just started a rebuilding effort.
Over the offseason, the White Sox traded starting pitcher Chris Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton for significant prospect hauls.
While the players acquired for the duo should help the franchise in the long term, Chicago may be in for a long season.
MVP So Far: Geovany Soto
The catcher hit just 13 home runs over the last two seasons with the Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
He played 104 games over those campaigns.
In four games and 14 at-bats this year, Soto has already swatted three bombs while driving in five RBI. His slugging percentage (1.091) and OPS (1.519) are both in excellent places to begin 2017.
LVP So Far: Todd Frazier
Once again, it is early, but Todd Frazier hasn’t found much success with the bat for Chicago.
One of the team’s remaining veteran contributors, the third baseman is batting just .059 with a .059 slugging percentage in 21 at-bats.
Those numbers won’t hold up over the course of the season, but the early part of 2017 hasn’t been to kind to Frazier at the plate.