The White Sox schedule for the shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season is here.
Announced Monday night, the White Sox will begin their 60-game regular season with a three-game series against the division-rival Minnesota Twins beginning July 24 at Guaranteed Rate Field.
In an effort to minimize travel while staging a season in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the league has limited the schedule geographically, with teams playing only their division rivals and teams from the corresponding geographic divisions in the other league. For the White Sox, that means 2020 regular-season games against the Twins, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers from the AL Central and the Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates. They wouldn't see any AL East or AL West teams unless they reached the playoffs.
But while the opponents have been known for a while now, we now know how many times the White Sox will play those teams and where.
The schedule against division opponents is drastically imbalanced, with the White Sox playing their AL Central rivals in three series apiece, though that means one team will have a lopsided amount of home games. The White Sox will play all four division rivals 10 times each, but they have seven home games and just three road games against the Twins; only three home and seven road against the Indians; three home and seven road against the Royals; and seven home and three road against the Tigers.
When it comes to Interleague opponents, they'll play a pair of three-game series against the Crosstown-rival Cubs, visiting the North Side on Aug. 21, 22 and 23 and playing host on the South Side to close out the regular-season schedule Sept. 25, 26 and 27.
The White Sox will play against the Cardinals in the Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa. That will be the beginning of a three-game series, with an off day following the Field of Dreams game Aug. 13 and the two teams returning to Chicago for games Aug. 15 and 16.
Their remaining games against NL Central foes feature three road games against the Reds in September and four games each against the Brewers and Pirates, splitting those games between home and road.
Before the regular season begins, the White Sox will play three exhibition games against the Cubs and Brewers. They'll play the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 19 and play host to the Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 20. The White Sox and Brewers will square off July 22 on the South Side.
Though there was talk of an expended postseason, potentially featuring as many as 16 teams, the lack of an agreement between the league and the players' union kept the playoff field at its usual 10 teams. The White Sox have the opportunity to reach the postseason either by winning the AL Central or by securing one of two wild card spots in the American League.
Baseball is adamant about wrapping the regular season up by the end of September, with the postseason finishing by the end of October, fearful of a "second wave" of COVID-19 infections. However, the sport is trying to get a season off the ground right now, as the United States is experiencing its most worrisome numbers of the pandemic to date.
Fans are not expected to be allowed to attend games at the season's start, though that has the potential to change based on the decisions of local government officials.
Here is the full White Sox 2020 season schedule:
|Friday||7/24||vs. Minnesota||7:10 PM|
|Saturday||7/25||vs. Minnesota||1:10 PM|
|Sunday||7/26||vs. Minnesota||1:10 PM|
|Monday||7/27||@ Cleveland||6:10 PM|
|Tuesday||7/28||@ Cleveland||6:10 PM|
|Wednesday||7/29||@ Cleveland||5:10 PM|
|Friday||7/31||@ Kansas City||7:05 PM|
|Saturday||8/1||@ Kansas City||6:05 PM|
|Sunday||8/2||@ Kansas City||1:05 PM|
|Monday||8/3||@ Milwaukee||7:10 PM|
|Tuesday||8/4||@ Milwaukee||7:10 PM|
|Wednesday||8/5||vs. Milwaukee||7:10 PM|
|Thursday||8/6||vs. Milwaukee||7:10 PM|
|Friday||8/7||vs. Cleveland||7:10 PM|
|Saturday||8/8||vs. Cleveland||1:10 PM|
|Sunday||8/9||vs. Cleveland||1:10 PM|
|Monday||8/10||@ Detroit||6:10 PM|
|Tuesday||8/11||@ Detroit||6:10 PM|
|Wednesday||8/12||@ Detroit||12:10 PM|
|Thursday||8/13||vs. St. Louis||6:15 PM|
|Saturday||8/15||vs. St. Louis||1:10 PM|
|Sunday||8/16||vs. St. Louis||1:10 PM|
|Monday||8/17||vs. Detroit||7:10 PM|
|Tuesday||8/18||vs. Detroit||7:10 PM|
|Wednesday||8/19||vs. Detroit||7:10 PM|
|Thursday||8/20||vs. Detroit||1:10 PM|
|Friday||8/21||@ Cubs||7:15 PM|
|Saturday||8/22||@ Cubs||7:15 PM|
|Sunday||8/23||@ Cubs||1:20 PM|
|Tuesday||8/25||vs. Pittsburgh||7:10 PM|
|Wednesday||8/26||vs. Pittsburgh||1:10 PM|
|Friday||8/28||vs. Kansas City||7:10 PM|
|Saturday||8/29||vs. Kansas City||1:10 PM|
|Sunday||8/30||vs. Kansas City||1:10 PM|
|Monday||8/31||@ Minnesota||7:10 PM|
|Tuesday||9/1||@ Minnesota||7:10 PM|
|Wednesday||9/2||@ Minnesota||7:10 PM|
|Thursday||9/3||@ Kansas City||7:05 PM|
|Friday||9/4||@ Kansas City||7:05 PM|
|Saturday||9/5||@ Kansas City||6:05 PM|
|Sunday||9/6||@ Kansas City||1:05 PM|
|Tuesday||9/8||@ Pittsburgh||6:05 PM|
|Wednesday||9/9||@ Pittsburgh||6:05 PM|
|Friday||9/11||vs. Detroit||7:10 PM|
|Saturday||9/12||vs. Detroit||6:10 PM|
|Sunday||9/13||vs. Detroit||1:10 PM|
|Monday||9/14||vs. Minnesota||7:10 PM|
|Tuesday||9/15||vs. Minnesota||7:10 PM|
|Wednesday||9/16||vs. Minnesota||7:10 PM|
|Thursday||9/17||vs. Minnesota||1:10 PM|
|Friday||9/18||@ Cincinnati||6:10 PM|
|Saturday||9/19||@ Cincinnati||5:10 PM|
|Sunday||9/20||@ Cincinnati||12:10 PM|
|Monday||9/21||@ Cleveland||5:10 PM|
|Tuesday||9/22||@ Cleveland||5:10 PM|
|Wednesday||9/23||@ Cleveland||5:10 PM|
|Thursday||9/24||@ Cleveland||5:10 PM|
|Friday||9/25||vs. Cubs||7:10 PM|
|Saturday||9/26||vs. Cubs||6:10 PM|
|Sunday||9/27||vs. Cubs||2:10 PM|