The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins are going to have some intense battles this season. 2021 is a year that both of them believe they will win the American League Central Division. Whoever wins is also going to believe that they have a chance to make a World Series run. There is also a good chance that whoever doesn’t win will be a Wild Card team but neither of them wants to think about that.
The Cleveland Indians might also be in the mix but they don’t look as good as the White Sox or Twins on paper. After trading Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets, the Indians don’t really look like a team to be too worried about in the long term. Each individual game against them is going to be tough as their pitching is elite and they still have Jose Ramirez but the White Sox and Twins are superior.
Well, the White Sox are the better team on paper at this point. The Twins did resign Nelson Cruz but they lost some starting pitching and didn’t replace it as well as they could have. The White Sox added Lance Lynn to their rotation in place of Dane Dunning, replaced Alex Colome with Liam Hendriks, and added Adam Eaton to their outfield. It is a strong group on the South Side of Chicago.
Now, the White Sox are going to have to go out there and prove it. The Twins have been the class of the division for a few years now and that didn’t change in 2020. The White Sox were close but when the 60 game season came to an end, the White Sox were just behind them. Some people are waiting for the White Sox to prove it in the actual standings after 162 and that is fair. It should be something that the White Sox are able to do in 2021.
Clearly, based on Vinnie Duber’s tweet with the Tim Anderson quote, it seems like the Twins are a point of interest in the White Sox clubhouse as well. They are clearly a measuring stick for every team in the AL Central going in but this is the year that the White Sox take over.
The talent in Chicago is clearly better looking on paper than Minnesota. With the starting lineup, the White Sox have, you know they are going to score a lot of runs. Now it looks like their bullpen and starting rotation are going to be able to defend that lineup so this is a dangerous team. The mentality in the White Sox locker room is clearly “World Series or bust” as it has been said by many people so that helps as well. They believe they can do this.