The White Sox are going to play the Cubs this weekend and it is going to be such fun.
The Chicago White Sox are winners of five straight games after sweeping the Detroit Tigers. It has been a magnificent stretch for them as they are now 15-11 after starting the season 1-4. Well, now they head across town to play the Chicago Cubs in a three-game weekend set. In a normal 162 game season, the Crosstown Classic games mean a little bit but in the grand scheme of things, they are just more interleague games that won’t matter as much in the end.
Well, in the 60 game season that we have been given as a result of COVID-19, these games are so important. Every single win and every single loss are magnified times three. The White Sox need to rack up as many wins in a row and beating the Cubs would feel extra special. They are a great team right now that has gotten off to a great start this season.
They were 13-3 to start the season which was good enough for the best record in all of Major League Baseball. Now, they are 16-8 which is still a really respectable record. There is no doubt that they are one of the best teams in the National League and one that the White Sox absolutely need to take seriously. Take the juice that you get from playing against the crosstown rival and amplify it because it is a very good team.
This is the first time that the two teams will meet with both of them having playoff aspirations since 2008. They have both won the World Series since the turn of the century so now it is about who can get the next one. The White Sox are on the way up and the Cubs are still at the top but the arrow is pointing down.
The thing about the 2020 Cubs is how they have won a lot of their games. For the first two weeks of the season, they had the best starting pitching in baseball. Their lineup also scored lots of runs. The thing is, their bullpen has almost ruined it all multiple times. It feels like a team that has a record that can fool some people. They are a good team but they are not unbeatable.
The White Sox need to know that. This lineup can score runs and they need to get to the Cubs starting pitching early and often. Get to the bullpen as fast as you can and you will have a chance to win. Dallas Keuchel will face Jon Lester, Dylan Cease will face Kyle Hendricks, and Yu Darvish will play someone who hasn’t been determined yet. If the White Sox can get to the Cubs bullpen with a lead or tied, they will be in good shape to win the game. This should be fun.