For reasons that I don’t entirely understand, Major League Baseball released their tentative 2021 schedule late last week, 3 weeks before the 2020 season begins. The local squads should have common goals in mind for 2021: competing for a title. Assuming, of course, that the 2020 season goes off as planned and the pandemic winds down enough for 2021 to proceed as planned. So, for one day, at least, let’s turn our attention to next summer for both teams.
The White Sox open their season against the Angels in (Los Angeles, California, Anaheim), the first time that has happened since 1993. Which, I guess, is a decent sign if one’s looking for omens towards a division title. They return home a week later, facing the Royals for the home opener.
The interleague schedule pits the White Sox against the NL Central, with trips to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee and home series against the Reds, Cardinals, and the Pirates. The rivalry with their north side foes continues with a series at Wrigley at the beginning of August and a follow-up at Guaranteed Rate Field at the end of the month.
The season ends with a 5 game homestand against the Reds and Tigers.
On the north side, the Cubs open their season up at home against the Pirates, which seems to be a familiar Opening Day foe.
The interleague schedule pits the Cubs against the AL Central, with trips to Cleveland, Detroit, and Minnesota and home series against the Indians, Royals, and the Twins.
The Cubs end the year with a 12 of their final 14 games against the NL Central, with 9 of those coming against the Brewers and the Cardinals, who are likely to challenge them for the NL Central crown.