White Sox: Giolito’s Strong Start Isn’t Enough to Curb Astros

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Lucas Giolito
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 19: Lucas Giolito /

Lucas Giolito allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Astros. Jose Abreu drove in he lone run for the White Sox.

Lucas Giolito had another strong outing but it wasn’t enough to stop the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. The Chicago White Sox fell 3-1 but the right hander allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings. It’ll go down as another quality start for the rookie, but I’m sure he’d rather have the win. He’s now 2-3 with a 2.58 ERA on the season.

The offense was shut down by Astros right hander Collin McHugh. The lone run came on an RBI double by Jose Abreu in the third inning. They managed just six hits all game and wasted a strong effort by Giolito.

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Draft position is going to be a topic of discussion for the remainder of the season. This team is in a great spot to get a top draft pick. They currently have the third-worst record in baseball behind the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants. It may be hard to fathom but this outcome is potentially what they want to see.

Giolito had a strong start but the offense couldn’t keep pace with the Astros. The White Sox still have some work to do before this roster is ready to compete.

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One thing that can help that along is high draft picks. If the season ended Tuesday, they would have the third pick. But they could very easily fall below Philadelphia and get the second pick.