When the shortened schedule came out, everyone in Chicago circles the Crosstown Series games between the Cubs and White Sox, but it seemed like the matchup in late September to close out the 2020 regular season was going to have a lot of meaning to it – and it does.
The Cubs magic number to clinch the NL Central is three games, while the White Sox are one game behind the Minnesota Twins, but have the Cleveland Indians trailing the White Sox by a game. If the season ended today the Cubs would take on the Miami Marlins while the White Sox take on the New York Yankees.
If the Cubs can’t secure their division, they will most likely play the San Diego Padres or the Atlanta Braves. If the White Sox can take back the AL Central, then they are looking to play the Indians or the Twins.
It seems to be a bigger series for the Cubs as you would rather have to play the Marlins than a red hot Padres team. The White Sox are in a tough situation regardless of what happens. If the White Sox stay they face a Yankees team that could put up a ton of runs, but if they win they play the Indians who have had their number all season, or if they lose to the Cubs, the White Sox play the Twins, who the Sox have done well against, but they get a bit of heckling from Cubs fans.
Nonetheless, both teams are struggling. The White Sox got swept by the Indians and are riding a five-game losing streak, while the Cubs offense continues to struggle as they lost five of their last six.
This isn’t the ideal situation for either team to be struggling as they head into the postseason, but perhaps a team can break out of it while keeping the other team in a slump. Last time these two faced each other the White Sox won the series 2-1 at Wrigley Field, this time they’re at Guaranteed Rate Field getting ready for another dramatic three-game set.