Behind the Breakout: Lucas Giolito
Greg Jewett dissects breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Hidden within the White Sox rebuild, Lucas Giolito continues to surge in 2019. At the end of last season, he revamped his delivery in an effort to cut down on his walk rates and work more efficiently. This, along with revamping his repertoire, fuels his strong start. Giolito’s won eight of his nine decisions over 11 starts with 78 strikeouts against 20 walks in 67.1 innings. He’s won his last six starts with a 1.03 ERA and 48:8 K:BB in them. It’s fueled his 22.2 strikeouts minus walks percentage this season and in an environment in which hard hit percentages escalate, Giolito’s slightly reduced hard hit allowed.
His emergence follows the path of pitchers before Giolito. In fact, he’s taking a page from the Astros playbook deploying more elevated fastballs and using his best pitch more often. As evidence, Giolito’s increased his swinging strike percentage to 13.3 percent, up five versus last year and reduced contact by over eight percent. More impressive, Giolito’s increased...