Chicago White Sox: Ranking nine 2020 opponents

Vincent Parise
SUPRISE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 26: Carson Fulmer #51 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals on February 26, 2020 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
SUPRISE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 26: Carson Fulmer #51 of the Chicago White Sox pitches during a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals on February 26, 2020 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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4th: Chicago Cubs

2020 might be the last kick at the can for the Chicago Cubs and it could also be the year that they fall off. They have a lot of guys who are coming up on needing contract extensions and they are particularly important players. They hired David Ross to replace Joe Maddon which was a questionable move and Theo Epstein is more than likely out after 2021. This is a year where it is very hard to predict how good they are going to be.

They, with all of that negativity, still might have the most talented starting lineup in the NL Central. With players like Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Javier Baez, and Kyle Schwarber in place, for now, it should be a team that is consistently able to score some runs. Their issues start to come to the forefront when you look at their starting pitching and bullpen. The pitching is definitely the weakness of the team.

No matter how they end up doing, the White Sox need to take them seriously. It is a bit unordinary because they are going to be playing in empty ballparks and this rivalry is almost 100 percent fed by the fans. With that said, the players are certainly going to still get up for these games with just a little bit more juice than they normally would. They play in the middle of the season at Wrigley Field and then close out the season against them at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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