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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. I’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 I’ll summarize the category)

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

𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐏𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬:

𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘦: Carlos Rodon (15)

𝘑𝘰��𝘥𝘢: Reynaldo Lopez (14)

𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦: Carlos Rodon (16)

𝘒��𝘯𝘻: Carlos Rodon (14)

𝘉�𝘨 Zims: Lucas Giolito (16)

𝘋𝘑: Reynaldo Lopez (15)

𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘺: 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 guys’ favorite here, and rightfully so. ReyLo also got a little love.

𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐇𝐨�𝐞 𝐑𝐮𝐧𝐬:

𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘦: Daniel Palka (32)

𝘑𝘰��𝘥𝘢: Tim Anderson (26)

𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦: Jose Abreu (30)

𝘒��𝘯𝘻: Jose Abreu (27)

𝘉�𝘨 ��𝘪𝘮𝘴: Eloy Jimenez (32)

𝘋𝘑: Jose Abreu (29)

𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘺: 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)

𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐑𝐁𝐈𝐬:

𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘦: Jose Abreu (101)

𝘑𝘰��𝘥𝘢: Jose Abreu (90)

𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦: Jose Abreu (97)

𝘒��𝘯𝘻: Jose Abreu (94)

𝘉�𝘨 ��𝘪𝘮𝘴: Jose Abreu (105)

𝘋𝘑: Jose Abreu (99)

𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘺: Jose Abreu (96)

All I can say is, PITO.

𝐇𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐄𝐑𝐀:

𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘦: Lucas Giolito (6+)

𝘑𝘰��𝘥𝘢: Ivan Nova (4.96)

𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦: Lucas Giolito (5.30)

𝘒��𝘯𝘻: Lucas Giolito (5.14)

𝘉�𝘨 ��𝘪𝘮𝘴: Ivan Nova (4.27)

𝘋𝘑: Lucas Giolito (5.89)

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𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘺: 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 Shields’ innings from 2018.

𝐋𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐄𝐑𝐀:

𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘦: Alex Colome (2.33)

𝘑𝘰��𝘥𝘢: Kelvin Herrera (2.48)

𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦: Jace Fry (2.29)

𝘒��𝘯𝘻: Alex Colome (2.21)

𝘉�𝘨 ��𝘪𝘮𝘴: Nate Jones (2.12)

𝘋𝘑: Jace Fry (2.34)

𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘺: 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.

𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 𝐌𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐋𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐓𝐨 𝐁𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐝:

𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘦: Kelvin Herrera

𝘑𝘰����𝘢: Welington Castillo

𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦: Kelvin Herrera

𝘒����𝘻: James McCann

𝘉�𝘨 ����𝘮𝘴: Daniel Palka

𝘋𝘑: Alex Colome

𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘺: 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.

𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐌𝐕𝐏 (𝐟𝐖𝐀𝐑):

𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘦: Eloy Jimenez

𝘑𝘰����𝘢: Reynaldo Lopez

𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦: Jose Abreu

𝘒����𝘻: Jose Abreu

𝘉�𝘨 ����𝘮𝘴: Yoan Moncada

𝘋𝘑: 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.

𝐎𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝:

𝘛𝘰𝘯𝘦: 72-90

𝘑𝘰����𝘢: 77-85

𝘕𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦: 67-95

𝘒����𝘻: 75-87

𝘉�𝘨 ����𝘮𝘴: 71-91

𝘋𝘑: 73-89

Comiskey: 73-89

Overall the guys aren’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.