The Chicago White Sox has an outstanding rotation going into the 2021 playoffs.
1. Lucas Giolito
Going into the second half of the season, there was an argument to be made that Lucas Giolito should be the number three or four in the playoffs. However, he has pitched so well in this second half that he should be the game one starter. He has already proven (2020) that he can be in a game one playoff starter role and dominate while doing it.
2. Lance Lynn
Lance Lynn has had the best season of any White Sox pitcher. He has been a bit more consistent than some of the others around him. He has a great case to be the game one starter as well but it would be better to have him ready for game two. He has dealt with an injury in the second half but he seems like he is ready to attack the playoffs now.
3. Dylan Cease
Dylan Cease leads the White Sox in strikeouts. He has been magnificent all season long. We knew he would reach this ceiling eventually and now he is there. Just like every other White Sox pitcher mentioned so far, he has a case to be the game one starter as well. He has been great at home which makes him an awesome candidate to be the third starter of the series.
4. Carlos Rodon
Carlos Rodon, you guessed it, also has a compelling case to be a game one starter. That is if he was not dealing with the arm soreness that he has been for a couple of months now. He had a start this week to make sure he is okay to pitch in the playoffs. He was great and should be there ready to go. However, making sure he has enough rest makes him the perfect game-four guy.