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South Side Sox Reacts: 2021 Predictions

Some big rivals expect the White Sox to be great — and Lucas Giolito gets some Cy Young love

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged-in Chicago White Sox fans, and fans across the country.

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Baseball now has returned in its fullest form since 2019. But with it comes all the major questions surrounding every team across the country and the league itself.

According to the latest SB Nation Reacts results, 61% of fans around the league think the White Sox will win the AL Central.

To give White Sox fans a unique look at the team this year, fans of rival teams around the league were asked what they think about the organization. Fans of the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins clearly believe the White Sox will be a strong team in 2021.

Fans nationally also voted on who they believe will take home the league’s biggest awards at the end of the season.

Chicago’s Lucas Giolito was picked by 20% of fans as the pitcher who will win the AL Cy Young. New York’s Gerrit Cole led the vote with 37%.

In the NL, Mets ace Jacob deGrom earned 52% of the vote, to win in a runaway. He beat out Walker Buehler, who was the next closest with 16% .

The AL MVP was equally dramatic in its divide after the top choice. Angels superstar Mike Trout earned 69% of the vote, blowing away the next closest player, Aaron Judge, who earned 10%.

The closest vote came in the NL vote for MVP. San Diego Padres young star Fernando Tatís Jr. edged out the field with 26%, narrowly beating Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts (25%), Nationals slugger Juan Soto (22%) and Atlanta star Ronald Acuña Jr. (19%).

Despite all the excitement of Opening Day, the feeling about the league as a whole is still extremely mixed. Fans were asked what one word best describes the game right now. “Exciting,” “Confused,” “Good,” and “Chaos” were all among the top choices.

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