White Sox: 3 Excellent Takeaways from Winning Road Trip

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TORONTO, ON - MAY 12: Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 12: Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 12, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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CLEVELAND, OHIO – MAY 07: Starting pitcher Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates after leaving the game during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 07, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Lucas Giolito Could Be Best Starting Pitcher for White Sox

Lucas Giolito was the worst starting pitcher in the majors last season. Over the course of the Sox winning road trip, however, he showed he might be the team’s best starting pitcher for this season. In his win over the Indians this past Tuesday night, Giolito pitched a season-high 7.1 innings while allowing no earned runs and recording eight strikeouts.

He would follow that outing up with another impressive start in the Sox 5-1 win over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon. Giolito was hit hard in the first inning of his start against Toronto and allowed an earned run. That would be the only earned run he would allow through seven innings pitched at the Rogers Centre.

Giolito would again record eight strikeouts and only allowed one walk. Through seven starts to begin this season, Giolito is 4-1 with a 3.55 ERA. Clearly, he’s the best starting pitcher the Sox currently have and it appears that he’s finally realizing his potential as a former top prospect in all of MLB.

This is a great sign for the Sox. They’ve needed some better outings from their starting pitchers this season and Giolito has provided the Sox with exceptional value on the mound. Giolito could be becoming the top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher many Sox fans envisioned when he was acquired via trade at the start of this current rebuild.

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