There have been some awesome Opening Day starters in the history of the Chicago White Sox. Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale each got to do it a just to name a few recent greats to play for this organization. Now, Lucas Giolito is going to do it again and he is well-deserving of that honor. He is, as of right now, the ace of the staff. It is a staff that projects to be very good for a long time.
Lucas Giolito has been named as the Chicago White Sox Opening Day starter.
When you are named the Opening Day starter, it is a tremendous honor. It means that your manager sees you as the ace of the staff and they want to build the rotation around you. That is a complement of the highest order as only 30 players get named to that job each year. For the White Sox, Lucas Giolito is a well-deserving player to receive this great honor.
How did we get here with Giolito? It hasn’t been an easy road. He was statistically the worst pitcher to be considered a regular starter in the 2018 season. He needed a lot of help to get to where he is not but he sure worked hard at it. In 2019, he came out and showed the world what he can do. He was an all-star pitcher that was starting to show everyone why he was the number one pitching prospect in all of baseball before his MLB debut.
Now, here in 2021, he is coming off of two straight top-ten Cy Young finishes. There is no doubt that he is one of the best pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. He has a whole bunch of talent around him in all areas of the game so that should help him even more. The goal isn’t to be a good pitcher anymore. The goal is to be so good that they can go out and win the World Series.
The talent is there for these guys and Giolito is at the front of it all. There is no doubt that he is one of the most important pieces on the whole team. This is a big year for Giolito as he is going into a season pitching for a team that expects to be World Series contenders. This is going to be a lot of fun to watch.