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SSS is bullish on the second half ... which causes concern for all your well-beings come September

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So, in case you didn’t see the final tallies, or the kind of guy who votes and then forgets what for (we elected WHO as President?!?!?), here’s a little recap of what was a very hearty turnout in for our midseason poll.

As always, feel free to leave further comments below. This site is supposed to be about community, conversation, and, you know, not being idiot north side fans.

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

A weirdly optimistic response to the leadoff question in the poll. Really, .400 the rest of the way, guys? A 60-102 (.370) record requires the White Sox to break off a 30-44 finish to the season. They are 30-58 right now. IF they accomplish this task, the 2018 White Sox will leapfrog from the third-worst team in White Sox history (ahead of 1948 and 1932) to merely the sixth (jumping ahead of 1970, 1934 and 1931). And they would nonetheless become only the fourth team in White Sox history to lose at least 100 games.

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 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

Regrettably, I did not add a “none of the above.” Also, I did not add Xavier Cedeño, because I’m hoping with the team control they still have, the White Sox hold onto a guy like him. No matter what, we’re definitely looking at a small yield this summer.

Soria wins, going away. Makes sense, as he’s an easy and desirable flip, and comes at half of the price of Shields. Shields’s 29% figure is a reflection first on Soria’s better desirability, but also, most of us being like, wait ... we’re gonna be able to trade Big Game to a contender where he’ll get to play Big Games?

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

Much respect given Rodón at 67%, and in a normal world, where an amorphous sense of respect rules the clubhouse, this answer makes sense. But he is a southpaw in a lefty-starved rotation, and has a tendency to get a little nicked up. I could see Rodón named in spring training, then having to get pushed back for a hangnail or whatever, and López stepping in.

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 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

Good job, feisty SSS set, the 16% of you purists who just said, hell with this nonsense if I gotta read about Joe Maddon on this site too.

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 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

Davidson is in front right now, at 14, then Anderson with 13, Abreu 12, two guys not even on the poll in Yoán Moncada and Daniel Palka at 11, and García coming hard, with eight. Abreu as the overwhelming choice? I don’t even remember who I voted for, I guess José, I mean, look at this ridiculous list. Merely going by health considerations, it might end up Anderson.

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

Whoo boy, this is a loaded question. On merit, it seems Eloy at 51% makes a ton of sense. But he’s hurt again. Kopech seems a clear No. 2, if not for his on/off Charlotte confusion. The other three, who earned just a 29% share combined, I’d take one of them over the Big 2 at this point: Stephens a spot start/trade, Zavala an injury, Hamilton a trade/injury.

Poll

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

This poll is closed

  • 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

Blew it here, because inasmuch as a reliever is almost never a most valuable pitcher, Jace Fry should have been on the list. This is definitely a race no one seems to want to win. So maybe it will end up Fry! I’m writing in Jace Fry, right 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

This one downright shocked me, with Abreu at almost two-thirds of the vote and doubling Anderson. I like the way you guys think, though: A big second half for the team, winning a seemingly impossible three of every seven games the rest of the way, and now Abreu, with a poor WAR, slumping like hell, ending up as the White Sox Offensive MVP. But, listen, it’s gonna be TA.

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

Sox Park and Comiskey Park, neck-and-neck! I’d be a Comiskey girl, if not for the park changing names from New Comiskey to USCF to Guaranteed Whatever. Comiskey is too far in the rear view now. Plus, Sox Park was sort of a new-era stunt Bill Veeck pulled, right? Bought the team and aimed to disassociate from the Comiskeys by dubbing it Sox Park? Well, anyway, simple, classic: Sox Park.

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

This was a fun one, I like Opening Day and the Sale defeat running neck-and-neck. Surprised at the Yoán support, but maybe that was from folks who have trouble remembering anything stretching back more than a week or two ago.

Poll

How many games will Matt Davidson pitch in the future?

This poll is closed

  • 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

I’ll buy “never,” but that ain’t gonna happen. And with the starters getting back to their “six innings, if you’re lucky” mode, well, Davidson’s splitter will see light again this year.

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

I was a little bummed about the Ds and Fs ...

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

... but then I saw more folks gave themselves Ds and Fs than SSS, and felt better. Man, we are a self-hating bunch of fans, eh? Special commendation for AnoHito giving himself (and clamoring for support of giving himself) an A. But, hell yeah, Ano, you get an A. Double-screening at work to keep up with games? That’s an A. Maybe I’ll take SSS pass-fail in the second half, like the smart 18% of you.

Poll

Who is your favorite White Sox broadcaster?

This poll is closed

  • 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

Stone, Benetti, Harrelson in a dogfight! I chose Wimpy, although I understand that’s a bit of a cheat. These days, I guess I have to go Stone, because we’re getting some cheeky personality from Stoney in the broadcasts with Jason, and yet I’ve heard moments with Stone and Hawk where Stone is like, ok, hell, just a few more of these to go and is being really engaging with him, playing the Jason role and posing questions to Hawk to get him in the flow.

Poll

What year will the White Sox next make the playoffs?

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  • 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

Again, optimism reigns here. I’d buy 2020 if I knew free agency would break our way, and I’m just not convinced of that. Or, say we do pull a Manny Machado or Nolan Arenado or even Josh Donaldson to Chicago, at third base they’re just replacing one of our more productive guys already! I think I went 2021, and it’s hard to feel right now that THAT isn’t even too optimistic. And to the lonely, lowly 7%, I envy your Zen about the whole thing.