Lucas Giolito can make a claim to be at any spot in the Chicago White Sox rotation.
While Lance Lynn and Carlos Rodón have stolen all the headlines, Lucas Giolito has quietly been his usual reliable self. This season he has a 3.68 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP. He also ranks second on the team with 175 strikeouts.
Giolito was also impressive in his only postseason start to date. He allowed one run on two hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings. He retired the first 18 batters he faced. It seems that the brighter the lights the better the former All-Star pitches. Giolito has been brilliant against playoff teams this season.
The right-hander tossed seven innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts, no walks, and only three hits allowed against the Tampa Bay Rays. His fastball-changeup combination is his bread and butter but he was able to work in his slider effectively. It accounted for swings and misses. He only needed 13 pitches to make it through the first inning.
That inning included two strikeouts of Brandon Lowe and Nelson Cruz to bookend it. Against the Astros, he threw a complete game giving up only one run and striking out eight. Against the Brewers, he worked six innings and only allowed one run.
His only major hiccup of the season came against the Boston Red Sox. For most teams in the MLB, Giolito would be considered the ace of the staff. The White Sox get to trot him out as their number three starter for the playoffs. Scary.