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The Chicago White Sox will have to rely on Lucas Giolito to carry them into the playoffs for the first time since 2008. With 16 games in 16 days remaining, the White Sox have a slim lead over the Twins and Indians. Giolito was baseball’s top pitching prospect as a member of the Nationals’ organization and was acquired in a trade for Adam Eaton along with Reynaldo López.

The Chicago White Sox have placed left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to September 7) with back spasms and have recalled right-hander Reynaldo López. Keuchel, 32, is 6-2 with a 2.19 ERA (13 ER/53.1 IP) and 32 strikeouts over nine-starts this season, his first with the White Sox. He ranks among the American League leaders in ERA (2nd), opponents slugging percentage (2nd, .279), wins (T2nd), opponents OPS (3rd, .542), walks per 9.0 IP (5th, 2.03), and WHIP (8th, 1.05).

Giolito 2020 Season

Lucas Giolito threw the 19th White Sox no-hitter on August 15, 2020, as he compiled 13 strikeouts.  His one walk against the Pirates prevented the perfect game. He is the first White Sox player to toss a no-hitter with ten or more strikeouts. Giolito is 4-2 with a 3.29 ERA (20 ER/54.2 IP) and 75 strikeouts over nine-starts this season.

2019 All Star Season

In 2019, Lucas Giolito’s third season and second in the White Sox starting rotation, he significantly improved from the previous year as he went on a nine-game winning streak after starting the year with a 1–1 record. He pitched his first career shutout on May 23 against the Houston Astros. He earned AL pitcher of the month in May. Giolito was named to the MLB All-Star Game and pitched one scoreless inning in a 4–3 victory for the American League. On September 16, 2019, the White Sox shut down Giolito for the rest of the season due to a mild lat strain in his pitching arm. Lucas Giolito finished the season with a 14–9 record, a 3.41 ERA, 228 strikeouts, and three complete games over ​176 2⁄3 innings in 29 starts.