CHICAGO – A year ago, some might have wondered if one of the key pitchers in White Sox’s rebuild was going to be able to find his form, but now it appears Lucas Giolito is pitcher as good — if not better — than most pitchers in the game today.
During his first seven starts with the White Sox in 2017, Giolito had a 6.13 ERA and 90 walks, and his 10-13 record certainly dampened some of the optimism about him. Instead of that season being a warning sign, it appears now that it was only a temporary setback. In the month of May, no pitcher in the American League was able to top him.
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On Monday, Giolito was named the AL pitcher of the month, the first time he’s been given the award in his four-year MLB career. It comes after a stellar month in which Giolito was at the top of his game, finding his form along with the rest of his teammates in the third year of the rebuild.
He finished the month with a 5-0 record and a 1.74 ERA, allowing just eighth earned runs in 41 1/3 innings. Just as impressive was his ability to limit walks, issuing just ten during the month while striking out 46 batters. Giolito worked into the seventh inning in four of the six starts, and the White Sox won every game which he took the mound in May. Couple that with another outstanding effort to start June on Sunday – pitching 7 1/3 shutout innings with nine strikeouts and no walks – and the pitcher is sporting an 8-1 record and a 2.54 ERA for the 2019 season.
Giolito becomes the second White Sox player this season to earn an American League honor, with Tim Anderson winning player of the month back in April. Both players are helping to accelerate the White Sox’s rebuild just two months into its third year.