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Halfway Home: The Poll

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No grades, just a bit of fun — and you just might learn something by participating

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So, we’re not going to grade the Chicago White Sox for the first half. Where’s the mystery in that? Or, put another way: Is there a softer way to say “F?”

Let’s have some fun with the second half. Here’s our official, unprofessional, enjoyable, subject-to-change-so-check-back-for-new-questions-because-it-doesn’t-close-until-July-4, second-half poll.

Feel free to leave your additional thoughts about the White Sox, the site, this poll, or what you’re having for lunch today in the comment section below.

Poll

The White Sox went 28-53 (.346) in the first half. How will they play in the second half?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    .300 (24 wins, 52-110 final record)
    (18 votes)
  • 20%
    .350 (28 wins, 56-106 final record)
    (83 votes)
  • 46%
    .400 (32 wins, 60-102 final record)
    (185 votes)
  • 21%
    .450 (36 wins, 64-98 final record)
    (86 votes)
  • 6%
    .500 (41 wins, 69-93 final record, and, yes, I am drinking hallucinogenic Kool-Aid)
    (24 votes)
396 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is the most likely White Sox player to be traded this season?

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  • 4%
    José Abreu
    (20 votes)
  • 58%
    Joakim Soria
    (235 votes)
  • 28%
    James Shields
    (116 votes)
  • 2%
    Luis Avilán
    (11 votes)
  • 5%
    Avisaíl García
    (22 votes)
404 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will be the White Sox Opening Day starter in 2019?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    James Shields
    (12 votes)
  • 24%
    Reynaldo López
    (98 votes)
  • 2%
    Lucas Giolito
    (10 votes)
  • 67%
    Carlos Rodón
    (272 votes)
  • 0%
    Dylan Covey
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Michael Kopech
    (7 votes)
403 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Is Omar Vizquel going to "Joe Maddon" Ricky Renteria and become the next White Sox manager in future seasons?

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  • 38%
    Yes
    (152 votes)
  • 45%
    No
    (181 votes)
  • 16%
    A Cub was inserted into the poll, and now I don’t even want to finish.
    (64 votes)
397 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will finish 2018 as the White Sox home run leader?

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  • 12%
    Tim Anderson
    (49 votes)
  • 30%
    Matt Davidson
    (121 votes)
  • 55%
    José Abreu
    (222 votes)
  • 1%
    Avisaíl Garcia
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Eloy Jiménez
    (4 votes)
401 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will be the first blue-chipper from Charlotte called up in 2018?

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  • 20%
    Michael Kopech
    (81 votes)
  • 51%
    Eloy Jiménez
    (202 votes)
  • 12%
    Ian Hamilton
    (51 votes)
  • 8%
    Jordan Stephens
    (35 votes)
  • 6%
    Seby Zavala
    (26 votes)
395 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will be the White Sox Most Valuable Pitcher in 2018?

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  • 2%
    Xavier Cedeño
    (9 votes)
  • 58%
    Reynaldo Lopez
    (229 votes)
  • 19%
    Carlos Rodón
    (78 votes)
  • 14%
    James Shields
    (55 votes)
  • 4%
    Dylan Covey
    (17 votes)
  • 1%
    Michael Kopech
    (4 votes)
392 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who will be the White Sox Most Valuable Player in 2018?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Yolmer Sánchez
    (51 votes)
  • 3%
    Yoán Moncada
    (13 votes)
  • 15%
    Tim Anderson
    (62 votes)
  • 1%
    Matt Davidson
    (4 votes)
  • 63%
    José Abreu
    (247 votes)
  • 3%
    Eloy Jiménez
    (12 votes)
389 votes total Vote Now

Poll

What do you call the place the White Sox play?

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  • 10%
    Guaranteed Rate Field
    (41 votes)
  • 30%
    Sox Park
    (120 votes)
  • 0%
    The Rate
    (3 votes)
  • 17%
    The Cell
    (68 votes)
  • 3%
    U.S. Cellular Field
    (15 votes)
  • 29%
    Comiskey Park
    (116 votes)
  • 6%
    The Arrow, The Grate, G-Rate, or something else I’m too embarrassed to admit in an anonymous poll.
    (27 votes)
390 votes total Vote Now

Poll

What was your favorite game of the first half?

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  • 42%
    Opening Day (Matt Davidson’s three homers)
    (158 votes)
  • 2%
    Free Game in Oakland (1969 baby-blue throwbacks)
    (9 votes)
  • 30%
    Beating Chris Sale (Trayce Thompson Remembrance Game)
    (112 votes)
  • 9%
    That game where Yoán got six RBIs
    (34 votes)
  • 2%
    Matt Davidson, closer
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    One of the snowout games in Minnesota
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Methup X
    (1 vote)
  • 10%
    Some other game/wait, there was a game in a 28-win first half that could be a favorite?
    (40 votes)
373 votes total Vote Now

Poll

How many games will Matt Davidson pitch in the future?

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  • 4%
    Spot starter and/or bullpen on his off-days
    (17 votes)
  • 27%
    A couple more blowouts in 2018
    (98 votes)
  • 33%
    A couple more games before he retires
    (119 votes)
  • 35%
    Never; don’t want him to get Canseco Elbow
    (126 votes)
360 votes total Vote Now

Poll

I know we said we weren’t going to do grades but I changed my mind, how is SSS doing this year (writing, features, tone, etc.)?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    A
    (91 votes)
  • 34%
    B
    (120 votes)
  • 15%
    C
    (53 votes)
  • 5%
    D
    (19 votes)
  • 5%
    F
    (19 votes)
  • 13%
    I am afraid to answer, because Vox has secret tracking technology that means if I give you a bad grade you’re going to steer more weird pharmaceutical ads my way.
    (46 votes)
348 votes total Vote Now

Poll

OK then, if you think you can judge us, what’s your own grade for the first half (game viewing, enrichment as a fan, comment production, poll participation, sidestepping lazy bitch-and-moan tropes)?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    A
    (40 votes)
  • 24%
    B
    (78 votes)
  • 26%
    C
    (83 votes)
  • 10%
    D
    (32 votes)
  • 7%
    F
    (24 votes)
  • 18%
    I’m taking SSS pass/fail
    (58 votes)
315 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Who is your favorite White Sox broadcaster?

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  • 5%
    Ed Farmer
    (18 votes)
  • 25%
    Steve Stone
    (93 votes)
  • 2%
    Darrin Jackson
    (10 votes)
  • 24%
    Jason Benetti
    (87 votes)
  • 11%
    Tom Paciorek
    (43 votes)
  • 24%
    Ken Harrelson
    (89 votes)
  • 0%
    Hector Molina
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Billy Russo
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Chuck Garfien
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    Bill Melton
    (13 votes)
360 votes total Vote Now

Poll

What year will the White Sox next make the playoffs?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    2019
    (32 votes)
  • 53%
    2020
    (193 votes)
  • 25%
    2021
    (92 votes)
  • 4%
    2022
    (15 votes)
  • 1%
    2023
    (4 votes)
  • 7%
    I have given up on the White Sox ever making the playoffs again, and just go to the ballpark for $1 hot dogs, fireworks and walk-up music.
    (27 votes)
363 votes total Vote Now