The Chicago White Sox are so thankful that Lucas Giolito is at the top of their staff.
Lucas Giolito is one of the very best pitchers in all of baseball. The Chicago White Sox did a great job sticking with him and giving him what he needs to turn his career around. First of all, there is his acquisition which is one of the most important days to this entire rebuild. The Washington Nationals sent Giolito along with Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning to the White Sox in exchange for Adam Eaton. Washington won the World Series with Eaton but Giolito is a true ace.
Well, after making his White Sox debut, he turned into the worst starter in Major League Baseball. It was brutal for him in 2018 to the point where it looked like he would never amount to anything for the White Sox. Well, during the offseason between 2018 and 2019 he worked on a lot of things involved with being a pitcher and changed his ways.
In 2019, he was so good that he was the sixth-place finisher for the American League Cy Young Award. It was an incredible turnaround as he became one of the elite pitchers in the game. That is the type of player that you need at the top of your staff if you are going to compete for the World Series.
Giolito’s career moment so far came in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates this past season. He dominated them to the point where he threw a no-hitter for the first time in his career. It was one of the most dominant no-hitters in the history of the league.
Giolito got his first taste of the playoffs in 2020. He was up to the task as he dominated that game as well. It was the White Sox only win of the three-game series and Giolito was the biggest reason why. The fact that he was able to pitch in two high leverage situations like that means a lot for his confidence going forward. They need him to be that good if they are ever going to go from a playoff team to a World Series contender.
It is nice to go into 2021 knowing that they have a guy that is a great ace to take the ball on Opening Day. If the White Sox are able to get into the playoffs, he will be on the mound in the first game. The White Sox are lucky to have a player like him on the team and should be incredibly thankful.