Giolito (10-13) took the loss in Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Twins on Friday, allowing seven earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out two over 1.1 innings. Giolito couldn't prevent the damage once again, as he's now allowed at least four earned runs in four of his previous five starts. Friday's loss was likely his final appearance of the season, and Giolito owns a disappointing stat line after the 2018 campaign with a 6.13 ERA (5.47 xFIP) and a 125:90 K:BB ratio over 173.1 innings.
Giolito (10-12) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five over 6.2 innings, taking the loss to the Cubs on Saturday. Giolito probably deserved a better fate, but left fielder Ryan LaMarre misjudged a liner that helped extend the Cubs' three-run fifth inning. The 24-year-old right-hander has gone five starts without a win, giving up 20 runs, 27 hits, 11 walks and four home runs over 27.1 innings. His final start of the season is expected to be part of a doubleheader Friday against the Twins.
Giolito allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in a no-decision Monday against the Royals. Giolito pitched from behind a lot, throwing first-pitch balls to 16 of 28 batters, but had his sinker working and induced 13 groundball outs to post the fifth quality start in his last six outings. It was a nice bounce-back performance for Giolito, who failed to get out of the second inning in his previous start. The right-hander will look for his first win in four starts Sunday at Baltimore.
Giolito (10-10) gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits in 1.1 innings against the Tigers on Tuesday, striking out three and walking two while taking the loss. Giolito pitched a scoreless first frame but was undone in the second inning, giving up four base hits -- including two run-scoring doubles -- and two walks before being lifted at 50 pitches (31 strikes). Giolito had been coming off four consecutive quality starts and had seen his ERA get down to 5.66 on the year (it had been at 7.19 in mid-June) before Tuesday's rough outing. The right-hander has a modest 6.7 K/9 and also has the second-most walks (79) in the majors, resulting in a poor 1.44 WHIP even though he's allowed less than a hit per inning (8.3 H/9). His next start will be against the Royals in Kansas City.
Giolito (9-9) gave up three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings Monday against the Twins. He picked up the win. He now has quality starts in six of his last eight outings, with a couple blowup starts mixed in. Giolito has lowered his ERA from 6.93 to 6.08 over that stretch, and while he is still a pretty risky play, he can be used in strategic spot starts against weaker lineups down the stretch. Such a matchup is on tap when he faces the Tigers in Detroit on Sunday.