Lucas Giolito threw the first no-hitter in the 2020 season. His personal story is just like the White Sox. They are all players that have worked hard on their game and are now showing the baseball world that they are a team on the rise.
In 2018, Giolito made 32 starts for the Sox and he was one of the worse pitchers in baseball. He worked on his pitches and decided it was time to get better. In 2019, he was an All-Star and among one of the best pitchers in baseball. Through his first seven starts this year, he is 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA. Giolito always envisioned throwing a no-hitter in the league and in the strange and shortened 2020 season he did just that. His catcher for the night was James McCann and Giolito only shook off McCann on one pitch; they share the experience of a down year and they had a resurgence in 2019.
Some may wonder if the season turned around for the Sox after a game on August 10th where pitcher Dallas Keuchel called out his team for going through the motions and not being ready to play; they had lost 5 of 6 games. The next day shortstop, Tim Anderson returned from the injured list and the team has been on fire winning 9 of their last 12 games. Jose Abreu hit 6 homeruns in a series against their city rival, Chicago Cubs and their young guys are playing with an exuberance that is infectious in that clubhouse.
The Chicago White Sox are a confident team and a team with a chip on their shoulder; they are a dangerous team. When they beat you, they BEAT you. Last night’s no-hitter put the spotlight on a team that has been waiting for you to notice them. Do they have your attention now?