Chicago White Sox: Lucas Giolito dominates once again
Wednesday night’s loss was the most infuriating loss that the Chicago White Sox have had at any point in 2021. They are an elite team and they let a game that they should have won get away. There are games like the one on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays that were way worse in terms of execution but those are certainly easier to accept as losses. One of the biggest reasons that the game was annoying was the fact that they wasted an elite Lucas Giolito start.
Giolito went 6.0 innings. He only gave up five hits and one run. He had six strikeouts and only one walk so you know he did his job. After six innings, he turned it over to what is supposed to be an elite bullpen and he didn’t even have a chance at a win. The offense wasn’t anywhere to be found but Aaron Bummer and Jose Ruiz didn’t do him any favors either.
This game, in the grand scheme of things, will mean nothing because the White Sox have a 9.0 game lead in the AL Central. They have the easiest portion of their schedule coming up as well so Giolito will have a few more stats to get his confidence at its max. They do, however, need to win later today to make this daunting portion of their schedule a .500 run.
Giolito has been one of the best starters in all of baseball since the All-Star break. He had a below-average first half but it wasn’t terrible either. Now, they can be fully confident that he will be perfect for their playoff rotation. With the way that Lance Lynn, Carlos Rodon, and Dylan Cease have pitched this season, there is a lot to be excited about on that front.
Lucas Giolito continues to show that he is elite for the Chicago White Sox.
Whenever things seem to be tough for Giolito, he always finds a way to pull through. Nobody should ever question his toughness or his ability to deal with adversity in his career. The Giolito that we have come to know and love is back and he has shown it recently.
This big start over the Jays shows a lot about him. They have one of the best batting lineups in the league right now and he battled through it with only one run against. He also did the same thing against the Rays who have a similarly productive lineup. We need to see this continue for the rest of the season and into the playoffs. It would be nice to see the White Sox have four ace-level pitchers and Giolito can certainly be a part of that.