Opening Day feels like it is going to be a Lucas Giolito day for a very long time. Even if someone like Dylan Cease or Michael Kopech reaches their true potential and becomes just as good or better, Giolito is still the guy. Every Chicago White Sox fan should want that guy leading the way because that’s what he is, a leader. There is nobody they should want on the mound to open the season more. Hopefully, 2021 is a really good year for him and his teammates.
Lucas Giolito is the perfect Opening Day starter for the Chicago White Sox.
How did we get here? It wasn’t too long ago that James Shields was the Opening Day starter for a year. They have come a long way from that point and so has the guy on the mound. Lucas Giolito was the worst starter in all of baseball during the 2018 season. Now, he is making his second straight Opening Day start which tells you everything you need to know about him and his development.
This will be the third year in a row that Lucas Giolito is elite if he is in fact elite again. He is trying to be a top-ten Cy Young Award vote-getter for the third straight year as well. There are even people out there saying he has a legit chance to win the thing. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility because he is one of the great pitchers in the American League.
The Los Angeles Angels have a big test with him on the mound. He also has a big test with their lineup which includes stars like Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani. It is certainly going to be a fun game to watch for fans of both sides as each wants to have a really good year.
They didn’t get to match up at all in 2020 because of the pandemic so this is a good way to get things going again. Baseball is back and the White Sox have the right guy to lead the way. Don’t be surprised if Giolito takes it to an even higher level this year. It all starts with this big first start.