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This 2023 MLB Season is full of surprises with ups and downs from certain teams. The Atlanta Braves (61-29) are a team that looks to utilize their elite-level talent on both ends of the field to get themselves a second World Series Title in three seasons. The Braves have the best record in all of Major League Baseball as they have been through a good portion of the season.
The Braves started the 2023 MLB Season with an 18-9 overall record entering the month of May. They had their most difficult stretch in the month of May as they accounted for 15-14 that month. Atlanta followed that up with a dominating 21-4 run in June followed by a 6-2 run in July.
Atlanta entered the 2023 MLB All-Star Break with an impressive 9.5-game lead over the Miami Marlins (53-40) in the race for the NL East Divisional Title. The Braves are not only the best team in the MLB, but they might be the best team in the league based on talent and potential.
The Chicago White Sox (38-55) are not a surprising team in terms of production this season as they are among the worst teams in the batting, pitching and fielding games. The White Sox have the third-worst overall record in the AL and second-worst ahead in the AL Central, just ahead of the Kansas City Royals.
Before the start of the 2023 MLB All-Star Break, the White Sox lost five of their six matchups. The White Sox haven’t made themselves a team to compete to get near the top of the AL Central, which says a lot considering how bad the division is.
The White Sox are among the worst statistical teams in the entire MLB, but they have still found success this season at the plate. Chicago has found some talent to help them stay somewhat competitive in the batting team.
Chicago ranks 10th in the AL in runs accounted for (382), ninth in hits accounted for (156), eighth in home runs accounted for (103), 10th in the stolen bases accounted (53), 15th (last) in walks accounted for this season (229), 11th in strikeouts encounters (810), ninth in batting average (.237), 14th in on-base percentage (.296) and 10th in slugging percentage (.391).
There have been a few batters this season that have helped Chicago win some significant games. One player is centerfielder Luis Roberts Jr., who leads the team in runs accounted for (62), hits accounted for (92), home runs accounted for (26) and slugging percentage (.569). Several other batters have contributed to the team's limited success, including third baseman Jake Burger, designated hitter Eloy Jimenez and first baseman Andrew Vaughn.
The pitching for the White Sox this season has been one of the worsts in the league in limiting runs and batters getting on base. The White Sox rank 13th in the AL in ERA (4.53), 11th in hits allowed (760), 13th in runs allowed (449), 14th in home runs allowed (125) and 14th in walks allowed (350).
There is some good news when it comes to the pitching lineup for the White Sox on Sunday. Chicago will be going with one of their efficient pitchers starting at the mound this season in Dylan Cease (4.30 ERA in 102.2 innings pitched).
When it comes to one of the most efficient teams in Major League Baseball, the Atlanta Braves are the immediate first thought. The Braves are a team that dominates when it comes to creating solid hits at the plate, defending in the field or stopping an opposing team with their stellar pitching.
The Braves rank first in the NL in runs accounted for (499), first in home runs accounted for (169), first in batting average (.271), first in on-base percentage (.339), first in slugging percentage (.492) and first in OPS (.831). Atlanta is also second in the NL in hits accounted for (827) and fourth in fewest strikeouts encountered (728).
Most of the praise for the team’s success at the plate can be traced to the MVP-type season performance of rightfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. Through the first half of the season, Acuna leads the team in runs accounted for (79), hits accounted for (119), batting average (.331) and on-base percentage (.408).
In the pitching game, the Braves are just as elite as they are in the batting game. The Braves are ranked first in the NL in ERA (3.63), first in fewest runs allowed (352) and second in strikeouts delivered (835).
The Braves have been hit by a few injuries throughout their talented bullpen, yet they remain the team to beat. Atlanta will be going with an interesting pitcher to start in Sunday’s game against the White Sox. The Braves will be going with Kolby Allard (4.22 ERA in 10.2 innings pitched) to start at the mound on Sunday.
This Sunday’s pitching matchups between the White Sox vs the Braves will be similar in ERA production. The Braves will have the better pitcher starting on Sunday, but not by much. Chicago’s Dylan Cease will be the more experienced pitcher on Sunday, but the Braves' elite batting will be too much for him to handle.
Chicago White Sox
Andrew Benintendi (.280)
Ronald Acuna Jr. (.331)
Luis Roberts Jr. (26)
Matt Olsen (29)
Andrew Vaughn (53)
Matt Olden (72)
Andrew Benintendi (.374)
Ronald Acuna Jr. (.408)
Luis Roberts Jr. (92)
Ronald Acuna Jr. (119)
Lucas Giolito (6)
Spencer Strider (11)
Gregory Santos (2.76)
Jesse Chavez (1.55)
Lance Lynn (127)
Spencer Strider (166)
Michael Hanich is a sports journalist/analyst with a wide variety of experience in the newspaper and digital field. He has a love for all sports. The leagues that he covers are College Football, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, College Basketball (men’s and women’s), the MLB, Lacrosse, Volleyball, and the WNBA.More info on Michael Hanich
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