Chicago White Sox: Lucas Giolito believes in 2020
The Chicago White Sox have no shortage of confidence about next season, and their ace believes it publically as well in his most recent statements.
The Chicago White Sox were very okay for most of the 2019 season. They were never really in it but they were only two games under .500 leading into the All-Star break before things started to slide a little bit. It was a good step in the right direction though because it was a 10 win improvement over 2018. They have plenty of reason to believe that the rebuild will take a turn in 2020, and one of the most important players to that cause believes it and made it known.
Lucas Giolito told people recently that he believes the White Sox will be a playoff team in 2020. That is big plans for him as they embark on an important offseason in 2019-20. They want to be a good team that challenges the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians for the Central Division and they see the Wild Card as wide open which they should. This is a team loaded with talent and has even more on the way so if they can just fix a few holes, they should be able to possibly make this goal a reality.
Lucas Giolito is obviously a big part of this as he turned himself into an All-Star pitcher in 2019. If he can improve even more (because everyone should be trying to improve, even the elite players) then he could really help this team reach its goal. Starting pitching is the most important thing in baseball and no one was better at it for the White Sox in 2019 than Giolito.
Lots of other players (Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada) took major steps in 2019 and them taking even bigger steps in 2020 is super important. They are also going to see top prospects Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal in the lineup at some point and once they figure it out at the MLB level this should be a solid starting lineup. They will also have Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodon back from injury so there is a lot to be excited about as far as personnel that is already there.