Lucas Giolito Chicago White Sox

Age: 27 (July 14, 1994) | 6' 6" | 245lbs. | Throws: Right P-32
Tm Lg YEAR W L SV Hld G GS IP H HR BB SO ERA WHIP Rating BB/9 SO/9 BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
CHW AAA 2017 6 10 0 0 24 24 128.2 122 17 59 134 4.48 1.41 1.38 4.1 9.4 .315 n/a
CHW AL 2017 3 3 0 0 7 7 45.1 31 8 12 34 2.38 0.95 1.08 2.4 6.8 .197 45/20/35 9 8
CHW AL 2018 10 13 0 0 32 32 173.0 166 27 90 125 6.14 1.48 1.45 4.7 6.5 .277 44/18/37 -13 -5
CHW AL 2019 14 9 0 0 29 29 176.1 131 24 57 228 3.42 1.07 1.11 2.9 11.6 .284 36/21/43 27 27
CHW AL 2020 4 3 0 0 12 12 72.0 47 8 28 97 3.50 1.04 1.01 3.5 12.1 .269 41/21/38 24 27
CHW AL 2021 9 9 0 0 28 28 162.0 132 27 49 188 3.78 1.12 1.22 2.7 10.4 .281 33/24/42 18 20
Career 6yrs 40 38 0 0 114 112 650.0 533 101 248 683 4.28 1.20 1.24 3.4 9.5 .273 n/a
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Pitched all nine innings yesterday for win No. 8. Lowered his FIP to 3.91, his ERA to 3.90.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 18

I traded for him right around the announcement of the crack down.  It has worked out fine, although the WS have blown all of his starts for me.  The peripherals are great all season and especially for me, but the ERA isn't suburb and the wins are lacking, surprisingly for a first place club.  In his last 3 starts he's got a 4.26 with a 1.00 WHIP and 25 Ks against only 3 walks in 19 IP.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 18

Giolito finally throws a gem. More to come.


Trey ManciniRandy ArozarenaFernando Tatis Jr.Corey KluberJoe Musgrove

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Corey Kluber* (NYY): 9.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 95 GmSc

Joe Musgrove* (SDP): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 11 K, 84 GmSc

Lucas Giolito (CHW): 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 11 K, 82 GmSc

Zack Greinke (HOU): 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K, 78 GmSc

Kevin Gausman (SFG): 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 8 K, 76 GmSc

View All of Yesterday's Pitchers at Baseball-Reference.com

* - pictured above

Alex Patton Alex
May 20

Lucas Giolito (P) CHI-A - Mar. 17

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=765879

Giolito allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six over 3.2 innings in Wednesday's game against the Dodgers.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Giolito elevated his pitch count to 65 pitches and had to work through a couple of pitch-heavy innings to get there. The right-hander took an optimistic view, telling Scott Merkin of MLB.com that a pitcher needs to grind through situations that he might face during the regular season. "It's good to get reps in pitching with runners in scoring position, getting the pitch count above 20 in an inning," said Giolito. "I felt like I made good pitches when I needed to. I think the plan originally was to go four innings, but the pitch count got a little too high there." Giolito will have two more spring starts before pitching Opening Day against the Angels.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 18
Percentiles: FBv 65 FBs 65 CBs 47 Barrel 66 EV 73 xSLG 81 xERA 85
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 15

Lucas Giolito (P) CHI-A - Feb. 08

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=762726

Giolito and new White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz worked together in Los Angeles last week, Scott Merkin of the White Sox's official site reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Katz was hired during the offseason to replace long-time pitching coach Don Cooper, but he's not new to Giolito. The two have worked together during offseasons since the right-hander was in high school. Their work last week focused on refinement of Giolito's high fastball and the addition of a 12-6 curveball, referred to as a "downer" by the pitcher. "It comes out of my hand almost like a slider variant. It's hard to give it a real true name like curveball or slider. But the whole idea of it is it comes out on my fastball plane and then just goes down kind of later, whereas my slider is a little more right to left with that downward action. This one is more like out of the hand fastball plane, straight down late," said Giolito. He has thrown six or seven bullpen sessions during the offseason in preparation to build his innings count from the 72.1 he threw during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 9

I wouldn't think it does. Giolito had a career-best K% and another very good BABIP last year, which suggests to me that his lower LOB% than the year before is mainly explained by bad "luck" pitching with runners on. FIP suggests the same.

As does xFIP, which Peter seems to think (on Blake Snell's page) is better than FIP. 

I'm more of a FIP fan.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 7

Last 3 years with 2018 listed 1st.

ERA    6.13     3.41     3.48

LOB% 63.5% 77.7%  69.9%

HR/Fly  13.4% 13.6% 13.3% 

BABIP .268     .273     .255

FIP      5.56      3.43      3.19

xFIP    5.46      3.66      3.35

K%     16.1%   32.3%  33.7%


Alex and Peter...this makes me wonder does having a high K rate decrease the impact that a below average LOB% has on ERA or is Giolito the exception. 

van wilhoite LVW
Jan 7
Fangraphs: FB 51% FBv 94.0 EV 87.0 HardHit 35% HR/FB 13% LD%+ 99 FIP 3.19
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '20