Giolito and the White Sox avoided arbitration Friday by coming to terms on a one-year, $4.15 million deal, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Giolilto's 2020 season served as an excellent follow-up to his breakout 2019 campaign, with his ERA rising negligibly from 3.41 to 3.48. His walk rate did rise slightly from 8.1 percent to 9.7 percent, but that came with an increase in his strikeout rate from 32.3 percent to 33.7 percent and a jump in groundball rate from 36.0 percent to 41.3 percent.
Giolito earned the win Tuesday against the A's in the first game of the AL Wild Card Series. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out eight over seven scoreless innings. This can probably be considered Giolito's final ascent to true acedom. He was perfect through six innings, and as Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times notes, Giolito leaned heavily on his slider (26 sliders), more than he had in any prior start this season. Giolito will start Game 1 of the Division Series should the White Sox advance.
Giolito will start Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series on Tuesday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. The 26-year-old made his final start of the regular season Wednesday and will start Game 1 on Tuesday in the White Sox's first playoff game since 2008. Giolito maded 12 starts and finished the regular season with a 3.48 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 97:28 K:BB over 72.1 innings.
Giolito allowed two runs on four hits over six innings of work during Wednesday's 3-2 loss to the Indians. He struck out 11 while walking three. Giolito was locked into a pitcher's duel, as the Indians' Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie combined for seven innings without allowing an earned run. Giolito threw 119 pitches (76 for strikes) and has thrown over 100 pitches in three of his past seven starts. He'll now have extra rest as the White Sox look towards the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Giolito (4-3) allowed three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out four in six innings in a loss to the Twins on Wednesday. Unfortunately for Giolito, two of the three hits he allowed left the yard. He gave up a solo shot to Eddie Rosario in the second inning and a two-run blast to Byron Buxton in the fourth. Meanwhile, the White Sox offense mustered just two hits all game. Giolito has a solid 3.53 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 86 strikeouts across 66.1 innings this season. He'll look to get back on track Monday in Cleveland.