Chicago White Sox: Five players who need to repeat 2019

Vincent Parise
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 3: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox puts his arm around Yoan Moncada #10 during a pitching change in the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 3, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 3: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox puts his arm around Yoan Moncada #10 during a pitching change in the eighth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 3, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox Lucas Giolito
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The Chicago White Sox are a team hoping that their pitching can complement what looks like a very potent offense. It is all led by the one starter who was elite in 2019. Lucas Giolito was statistically the worst starting pitcher in all of baseball during the 2018 season before turning the corner to become the sixth place Cy Young award finisher in 2019. He has become the ace of the White Sox staff.

The White Sox desperately need him to be that guy again in 2020. He has all of the tools a guy needs to be just that for a long time. He also has more depth protecting him in the rotation now with guys like Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez joining the group. There are also some other young pitchers expected to make an impact like Dylan Cease, Michael Kopech, and Reynaldo Lopez.

If Giolito can be the same ace he was in 2019 that would mean the White Sox could have a really good starting rotation. He had a record of 14-9 with a 1.064 WHIP and 3.41 ERA. His numbers in the first half earned him a spot on the 2019 All-Star team. His 2020 numbers need to be similar to those of 2019 if he wants to retain his status as the ace of the staff.

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