The Chicago White Sox can win the World Series in 2021. It may seem difficult but that is an important year for them and if things go right, they can do it.
No matter what anyone tells you, the Chicago White Sox is going to be a good team very soon. They were supposed to take the step towards becoming a championship-caliber team in 2020. It is fair to say that a borderline playoff team or even potential division winner could have been realistic if 2020 was a normal year and with that, some even higher expectations would have come in 2021.
So with all that has happened in our world and with baseball, is it possible that we can have those same expectations going into 2021? That might depend if baseball is in fact played this year so some of these players can have another year (or so) of experience. Players like Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito, and Eloy Jimenez all took a big step in 2019 but if they have no chance to improve on that in 2020, it would be a small issue.
They were all looking forward to being joined full time by guys like Dylan Cease, Michael Kopech, and Luis Robert. They are all going to be great players but they need to play. They can still be a World Series level team in 2021 because they will all be another year older but they would benefit greatly if they were to play baseball at all in 2020.
There are a lot of ifs but if many of them go the right way, they could be a World Series contender by this time next year. They would have been looked at like one going into 2021 in the eyes of a lot of people if they lived up to expectations in 2020 but they still can. There are teams like the New York Yankees and Houston Astros to worry about and we don’t know which other American League teams are going to hit their ceiling in a similar way to what we hope the White Sox do so there is still a lot to learn.
With all of that in mind, it is okay to be optimistic. You can be optimistic that they will have a chance to improve in 2020 and be a World Series contender by 2021. If there is no baseball at all this year it might be tougher and 2022 looks more like a realistic target to be that good, but 2021 is a good start for now.