The Chicago White Sox announced that their ace, Lucas Giolito, is out for the season. He had an incredible 2019 and his 2020 should be even better.
The Chicago White Sox announced that Lucas Giolito is going to miss the final two weeks of the season due to a lat strain. In that news, comes a lot of different thoughts and emotions. He was statistically the worst starting pitcher in all of Major League Baseball in 2018. He was bad and everybody including Giolito knew it. Yet, he didn’t give up. He came in this year with something to prove and he proved it.
He is an ace pitcher in the MLB. He had himself a fantastic season and White Sox fans all over the world were really encouraged by what they saw from Giolito. He went out and dominated early and often. He dominated good teams and he dominated bad teams. It wasn’t a perfect season by any means as he had a blip here and there but he looked amazing for most of the year.
He finishes his 2019 season as an All-Star, 14 wins, 228 strikeouts, three complete games, two shutouts, and a 3.41 ERA. That is truly a set of stats that nobody expected from Giolito and the top of the rotation looks good and set for a long time. Taking him out of the rotation for the rest of the season could be a disaster on the field as far as not having a likely quality start every fifth day, but it doesn’t matter.
The important thing is that Giolito is ready and healthy for 2020. There could be some real talent around him next year as far as the other starters and the bullpen. There will also be much more consistent hitting in the lineup to help Giolito get the wins he deserves and maybe fewer losses/no-decisions in games he pitched well. Giolito had a monster year individually, and hopefully, he brings some more of it to the rotation next year.
Giolito deserves all the credit from White Sox fans for coming out and ignoring all of the noise to be one of the best pitchers in the league. He will come back stronger than ever in 2020 and hopefully, he is pitching in meaningful baseball games come this time next year.