The Chicago White Sox are a team with an ace in Lucas Giolito. Well, he has been working all offseason to get even better with his pitch mixing.
The Chicago White Sox have something special in Lucas Giolito. He might be the ace of this staff for a very long time. He is also a very good human being on top of being one of the best pitchers in the world. He went on the Red Line Radio Podcast and discussed a plethora of things. He has a certain confidence about him that should make all White Sox fans very excited.
He also gave a bit of information that is on the nerdy side of baseball but something that has a lot of people very excited. In the offseason between the 2018 and 2019 season, he spent a lot of his time fine-tuning his new mechanics and his mental game. Both of those practices clearly worked in his favor as 2019 turned out to be one of the greatest turnarounds any Major League Baseball player has ever had.
Well, this offseason has been one of working on new things for Giolito as well. For one, it should make all White Sox fans excited that a player this good is going to spend every single offseason working on a new way to be a better pitcher. There is nothing better than watching the good try and be great.
This offseason has been one that has seen Giolito work on his mix of pitches. He had that great turnaround season in 2019 that had him finish sixth in Cy Young voting. He was that dominant of a pitcher, primarily throwing fastballs and changeups. He had a slider and curveball mixed in there but he didn’t use it as much as he would have liked.
He claimed during the interview that he has been working on the offspeed junk a lot this offseason. We haven’t had a chance to see it in action yet because of the fact that there has been no season yet but we will soon. If he really developed a much better relationship with his breaking pitches, that could be the making of a true Cy Young level pitcher. He was that good last year so adding more depth in wipeout pitches would be even better for him.