Podcast: 2018 Season Predictions

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Guest: Kevin Powell, WGN Radio

With Opening Day just three days away we deliver our 2018 season predictions for the Chicago White Sox and our World Series picks. This is a big show to kick off 2018 on the right foot and the timecodes are below for the segments.

[00:00] Kevin Powell – Discuss the Chicago White Sox clubhouse, why Lucas Giolito could be on the verge of a big season, and Kevin’s 2018 picks.

[28:00] Josh and Jim discuss the White Sox final 25-man roster and dish out their 2018 season picks.

[68:00] Greg Nix makes his bold prediction that Yolmer Sanchez will receive a contract extension midseason and his World Series pick

[79:00] Pnoles tries to make the case on how Adam Engel can be a 2.0+ WAR player in 2018

[93:00] P.O. Sox questions

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Patrick Nolan

This is blatantly obvious, but the daily podcast will make for an excellent solution for those who hate the Cubs dominance of radio airwaves or don’t want to hear about the Bears in May.

Lurker Laura

Plus the lack of a beat writer at the Trib.

Speaking of, this is a great story – a wrongly convicted man gets his job with the White Sox back after 23 years in prison: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-freed-inmate-white-sox-20180321-story.html


hmmm. lost his white sox job in 1995 . . . treated unfairly by 1995 standard, but exonerated by today’s: is it Warren Newsome?


Unstoppable Sox Machine.

Greg Nix

So this is how it feels to be a cog in the Machine. 


Happy Birthday, Jim! Good news on the 5 days a week. 2018 prediction is 68 wins. This is a terrible baseball team. But the future is looking up.

Lurker Laura

I am going with 75 wins.

sausalito pale hose

I would put 68 wins on the low side and 85 wins on the high side. There are two week teams in the division; KC and Detroit that should garner majority of wins for Sox. I am not sure how you can say; it is a terrible team. It looks like their offense and defense will be sound. Most of the pitchers and field players are young and ascending. With this fact, number of wins will be hard to determine. Every few years there are teams that explode to the top because of maturing young starters; like Minnesota in 17, Mets in 15, Giants in 12, etc. The other factor; the Sox completely gutted their team at mid season in 17 and won around 68 games. There is optimism in every aspect of Sox baseball; which is really the X factor on quantity of wins. It will be an interesting year on the South Side.

sausalito pale hose

“Baseball is a game. To have a game, something has to be more important than something else. If what already is, is more important than what isn’t, the game is over”

Lurker Laura

Happy birthday, Jim! I looked up MLBers born on my birthday, and I’m pleased to say I share a birthday with Tadahito!

Best players are Lee Smith, Harvey Kuenn, and Jesse Burkett, who is in the HOF (59.7 WAR!), but he was born in 1868, so I have no idea who he is.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I hate my birthday list. The two recognizable Sox are Jeff Liefer and Jeff Abbott. The two best players are Pedroia and Jorge Posada (gag). The only name that brought a smile to my face was Chad Qualls.

Greg Nix

I sympathize. I was born same day, same year as Gordon Beckham.

At least I’ve got Tim Raines to balance things out. 

Hmmmm…the only Hall of Famer I share a birthday with is Chief Bender, who pitched a whopping one inning for the White Sox in 1925 eight years after he first left the game, giving up two earned runs before again riding back into the sunset. Decent career overall, but still one of the worst pitchers to be inducted (and still better than Jack Morris).


Josh, as someone who shares your birthday, I often wished my mother’s contractions lasted past midnight to the next day.  (Check BR for why.). That said, Gooden substantially improved a pretty unremarkable pool of talent.  


90 wins. If I’m feeling uncharitable, I’ll downgrade it to 89.


Happy birthday, Jim!

My list features Ozzie Guillen, Matt Albers, and Geovany Soto. The best players born on my birthday are Brian Giles and Camilo Pascual.

Trooper Galactus

Nice to see I’m not the only one who is a Yolmer fan. I’d love to see him earn a nice extension.


I predict that we inexplicably lose to bad teams, beat good teams and that we end up with 74 wins. Many will wonder “but what if we had just beaten Detroit and KC”, fans will anguish in wonderment, Jim will have plenty to talk about. Hahn will say, that they delivered exactly what was expected and Ricky’s boys will learn much from 2018.

Hate my prediction, wait ’til it comes true. 🙂


Thanks for all the podcasts Josh and Jim and also really nice food preview on your twitter feed today. Really want to try the horseshoe and Cuban Burger.


Nice podcast as always. The Jimmy Shields “love” is a bit… perplexing.