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CSW Roundtable: 2019 White Sox Season Predictions

What’s going on White Sox faithful, ChiSoxJonda here again with a once in a blue moon blog post. People wonder why I don’t blog that much, which is fair, the answer being because my laptop is literally the biggest pile of crap on the planet. Iโ€™m not kidding when I say I started this post on my laptop, and am going to have to finish it on my iPad. That being said, it is time we try out something new here at ChiSox Weekly HQ. The White Sox begin regular season play next Thursday, March 28th in Kansas City. Prior to that, all seven (yea holy shit I didn’t even know there were seven of us now until like last night) CSW contributors got together and discussed the 2019 season. Here’s what we came up with.

(Side note: some of the guys gave reasoning behind their choices, others just kind of listed predictions, so for the sake of longevity, we’re just going to dive into the predictions and then Iโ€™ll summarize the category)

Participating in this roundtable: Tony Marchese (Tone), {HOST} Jon Suarez (Jonda), Jonnie Nonnie (Nonnie), Andrew Kinzler (A Kinz), Andrew Zimmer (Big Zims), DJ Terdy (DJ), Patrick Comiskey (Comiskey)

๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐–๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ข๐ญ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ:

๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ: Carlos Rodon (15)

๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข: Reynaldo Lopez (14)

๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ: Carlos Rodon (16)

๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ ๐˜’๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฏ๐˜ป: Carlos Rodon (14)

๐˜‰๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜จ Zims: Lucas Giolito (16)

๐˜‹๐˜‘: Reynaldo Lopez (15)

๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ: Reynaldo Lopez (12)

Bold predictions all around from the CSW panel, seeing as the White Sox 2018 Wins leader was Lucas Giolito with 10. Rodon seems to be the guysโ€™ favorite here, and rightfully so. ReyLo also got a little love.

๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‡๐จ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐ž ๐‘๐ฎ๐ง๐ฌ:

๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ: Daniel Palka (32)

๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข: Tim Anderson (26)

๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ: Jose Abreu (30)

๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ ๐˜’๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฏ๐˜ป: Jose Abreu (27)

๐˜‰๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜จ ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ด: Eloy Jimenez (32)

๐˜‹๐˜‘: Jose Abreu (29)

๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ: Jose Abreu (30)

Some people may not know, but Tony and I have a bet that Daniel Palka will hit 30 or more home runs this year, so no shame in his pick there. Other than that the guys seem high on Abreu with a couple of sleepers. (TIMMMAAAAYYYY)

๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‘๐๐ˆ๐ฌ:

๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ: Jose Abreu (101)

๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข: Jose Abreu (90)

๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ: Jose Abreu (97)

๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ ๐˜’๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฏ๐˜ป: Jose Abreu (94)

๐˜‰๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜จ ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ด: Jose Abreu (105)

๐˜‹๐˜‘: Jose Abreu (99)

๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ: Jose Abreu (96)

All I can say is, PITO.

๐‡๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐„๐‘๐€:

๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ: Lucas Giolito (6+)

๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข: Ivan Nova (4.96)

๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ: Lucas Giolito (5.30)

๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ ๐˜’๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฏ๐˜ป: Lucas Giolito (5.14)

๐˜‰๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜จ ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ด: Ivan Nova (4.27)

๐˜‹๐˜‘: Lucas Giolito (5.89)

๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ: Lucas Giolito (5.89)

Lucas Giolito led the entire MLB in ERA last year (ouch), so to no surprise five of seven panelists picked him as the pitcher with the highest ERA. Newcomer Ivan Nova also getting a little love (scorn?) as he looks to replace James Shieldsโ€™ innings from 2018.

๐‹๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐„๐‘๐€:

๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ: Alex Colome (2.33)

๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข: Kelvin Herrera (2.48)

๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ: Jace Fry (2.29)

๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ ๐˜’๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฏ๐˜ป: Alex Colome (2.21)

๐˜‰๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜จ ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ด: Nate Jones (2.12)

๐˜‹๐˜‘: Jace Fry (2.34)

๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ: Alex Colome (2.43)

Personally, this category was my favorite because it allowed me to realize the bullpen pieces have potential this season. But as a whole it seems the guys are all over the place here, with a majority of the picks being fresh faces.

๐๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ž๐ซ ๐Œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐‹๐ข๐ค๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐“๐จ ๐๐ž ๐“๐ซ๐š๐๐ž๐:

๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ: Kelvin Herrera

๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ข: Welington Castillo

๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ: Kelvin Herrera

๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ ๐˜’๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ป: James McCann

๐˜‰๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜จ ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด: Daniel Palka

๐˜‹๐˜‘: Alex Colome

๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ: Jon Jay

Sooner or later this portion will include prospects, but for now the consensus is that veteran players will be moved to help another team make a postseason push.

๐“๐ž๐š๐ฆ ๐Œ๐•๐ (๐Ÿ๐–๐€๐‘):

๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ: Eloy Jimenez

๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ข: Reynaldo Lopez

๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ: Jose Abreu

๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ ๐˜’๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ป: Jose Abreu

๐˜‰๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜จ ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด: Yoan Moncada

๐˜‹๐˜‘: Yoan Moncada

Comiskey: Jose Abreu

No team in the history of baseball has ever struck out more than the 2018 Chicago White Sox, and nobody on that team struck out more than Yoan Moncada. Hopefully that is not the case this season, and a few of our guys clearly think so by picking him as Team MVP.

๐Ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐‘๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐:

๐˜›๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ: 72-90

๐˜‘๐˜ฐ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ข: 77-85

๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ: 67-95

๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ ๐˜’๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ป: 75-87

๐˜‰๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜จ ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๏ฟฝ๐˜ฎ๐˜ด: 71-91

๐˜‹๐˜‘: 73-89

Comiskey: 73-89

Overall the guys arenโ€™t too high on this team with win totals ranging from 67 all the way to 77. Obviously none of the predicted records would be good enough to make the playoffs, extending the postseason drought to a depressing 11 seasons in a row. The season starts next Thursday at 3:10pm in Kansas City, see you there.

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