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White Sox: Lucas Giolito Having Better Results on The Road

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 14: Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox throws a second inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 14, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 14: Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox throws a second inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on August 14, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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White Sox right-hander posts another quality start on the road in the team’s victory over their division rival on Tuesday night.

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito hasn’t had a consistently good season in 2018, but recently he’s had better results pitching on the road. In the Sox 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, Giolito posted a quality start for the team.

This was Giolito’s fourth consecutive quality start on the road for the Sox. Giolito pitched six innings while allowing just three earned runs and recording seven strikeouts. The 23-year-old pitcher gave up three runs in the first inning but held the Tigers scoreless for the remainder of his outing.

Giolito’s success on the road recently is in stark contrast to his starts at home. The former overall top prospect hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs on the road since his outing on July 3 against the Cincinnati Reds. However, Giolito hasn’t posted a quality start at home since July 15 against the Kansas City Royals.

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Despite his quality start on July 15 at home, his last two starts at Guaranteed Rate Field weren’t good. Against the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28, Giolito lasted just 4.1 innings and gave up five earned runs.

On Aug. 8 against the New York Yankees, Giolito gave up seven earned runs in just five innings pitched. This came after Giolito had a solid outing on Aug. 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road. In that start, Giolito allowed just one earned run through seven innings pitched.

With his quality start on Tuesday, Giolito improved his record to 8-9 with a 6.15 ERA. Giolito has had trouble getting his ERA under six consistently this season. His troubles pitching at home is unfortunate as Giolito pitches in his first full year in the Majors.

The Sox rebuild continues to move along, and Giolito still has time to turn his season completely around. His success on the road recently has to be encouraging for many Sox fans and for Giolito. He was able to get himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning on Tuesday against the Tigers.

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With Giolito’s inconsistency this season, the right-hander hasn’t been able to replicate the success he had in seven starts with the Sox to end 2017. In order for Giolito to end 2018 similar to 2017, he will need to be consistent with his outings both at home and on the road. The Sox rebuild can’t be considered a failure this early, and neither can Giolito.

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