Chicago White Sox 2021 Player Preview: Lucas Giolito

Vincent Parise
Feb 27, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito looks on during a spring training workout at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito looks on during a spring training workout at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago White Sox have a really good rotation. There are three studs at the top and some really nice young pieces along with some veterans competing for the fourth and fifth spot. The leader of it all is going to be Lucas Giolitio. He is going to be the ace of the staff and the Opening Day starter. If the White Sox make the playoffs like we all think they are going to, they will hand the ball to Lucas Giolito in game number one. This is going to be a huge year for him in his career.

Lucas Giolito is the best pitcher on the Chicago White Sox right now.

In 2018, Lucas Gioltio was the worst starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. He had a very tough year and it looked like he was never going to reach his potential at the MLB level. Well, he went into that offseason and turned himself into the pitcher we know today. The pitcher we know today is one of the very best in the entire league.

He came in sixth place for the American League Cy Young in 2019 and seventh place in 2020. He proved that it wasn’t a one-year thing and was going to be elite for a long time. We need to see a lot more of that from Giolito as the years go on.

Giolito is now protected in the rotation better than he has ever been which is nice too. He had Dallas Keuchel behind him in 2020 and now he will have Keuchel and Lance Lynn. If Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease reach their potential, this could be one elite rotation. Giolito’s pressure to be the best will also be much less with all of this talent around him as well. It will also be nice for him to know that his offense is going to score and his bullpen will preserve leads more often than not.

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2021 Expectations:

You can wholeheartedly expect Lucas Giolito to be Cy Young level good. He is getting a full season with this elite team around him which should help him even more. He also has Ethan Katz as a full-time pitching coach instead of someone he works with during the summer. You can expect him to have ace level numbers yet again which will mean that everyone will feel safe whenever he is on the bump.

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