Lucas Giolito is likely going to be the opening day starter. He took a major step forward for the White Sox in 2019. He went from one of the very worst pitchers in all of baseball to one of the best. He was so good that he came in 6th place in the vote for the American League Cy Young Award. It was a major step in Giolito’s career so if he can replicate that in 2019 it would be amazing.
He is going to likely be the ace of the staff. This is going to be a much-improved pitching rotation for the White Sox in 2020. They haven’t had a rotation that was five arms deep since 2020 and that could absolutely be the case this year. This is significant for Giolito because although he is the ace, he won’t be fully relied on to be the only good pitcher. He is going to lead the staff but he is much better protected than he has been in his career.
It is exciting to think about what Giolito can follow 2019 up with during the 2020 season. It has been fun watching him develop. It wasn’t easy but he has arrived in full force now. He is the classic case of a young pitcher with all of the talents in the world struggling before making it big. This is going to be a big year for Giolito on the mound. It would be awesome to see him lead this team to the playoffs.