Lucas Giolito of the White Sox launches first scorer of the 2020 MLB season; strike 13 against Pirates

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For the 19th time in franchise history, a Chicago White Sox pitcher pitched a smooth. This time around it was the staff ace, Lucas Giolito beating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 4-0 victory. It is the first without a career scorer for Giolito. Here’s everything you need to know behind the first no-no of the season.

The story behind it

It’s the White Sox’s first no-no since Philip Humber pitched a perfect game in Seattle on April 21, 2012. Overall, this is the 304th scorer in MLB history. This is the premiere for the 2020 season, even with non-hittering combined. The most recent no-hitter was delivered by Astros ace Justin Verlander on September 1, 2019. There were four no-hitters last season.

Giolito’s sheer dominance in missing bats and weak contact

Giolito walked one, preventing him from the much more elusive perfect game. He wasn’t only dominant in preventing hits, he missed bats all night long. He finished with 13 strikeouts while getting six strikeouts on the ground and five strikeouts in flyball. He got 30 swing-and-miss hits. There was only one hard-hit ball until the game’s final hitter, a Josh Bell roster that clocked in at 106.6 mph, so there was some level of luck on that- the. The last out was also well hit, but just to the right of outfielder Adam Engel. Otherwise, there were only missed bats and soft touch and it’s all Giolito who takes over the game. Here’s the finale:

Speaking of that final outing

Hoo boy who was close. Looking at Giolito’s reaction, you can tell he was worried about losing the hitless with two strikeouts in the ninth. He didn’t have thanks to the positioning and direction of the ball, as it was definitely hit well enough to be a hit. Baseball Savant uses exit speed and throw angle to determine how often a ball is hit. The batting average expected on a line workout with this speed and height? .850. For more on that last piece, here’s a good breakdown of Dayn Perry.

Good signs from Giolito with a caveat

Giolito, a 2019 All-Star, had an inconsistent and somewhat worrying start to the season, but he has now recorded back-to-back dominant starts. Last time around, he allowed just three hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings while striking out 13 and now no hits. Sure, those starts came against the Tigers and Pirates, respectfully, but they might just regain his confidence in the right way and bring him into the dominant territory he was in the first half of last season. His next start comes against the Royals, so he’s likely to keep the right pace.

Giolito career change

In 2018, Giolito posted a 6.13 ERA, which was the majors worst among qualifying starters. He led the league in the marches in deserved runs while wild pitches and slaps were also a problem.

On his way to the next offseason, Giolito has made some adjustments. He stopped throwing his lead and instead focused on pounding four-beam fast balls high into the area. This was on display during this big release. He also changed his position on the mound and this helped master his control. Again, it was full screen during this game. He very rarely missed his spots until late, when the adrenaline was probably taking over.

The White Sox are on fire

The White Sox as a team, meanwhile, are doing just as well. They’ve won eight of their last nine games with the only loss in a one-set match where Yu Darvish – who dominates everyone – was the opposing starter. They now sit 18-12 exactly halfway through their season, looking like a strong playoff team. They still have 14 games left against the Tigers, Royals and Pirates. If they continue like this, they could even become the home team for a three-game first round streak and there is also the possibility of becoming the home team for the division round. They are tough.

Hackers are not

Of course, that doesn’t detract from Giolito at all for saying this, as he still got 27 strikeouts without giving up a hit against a big league team. The Pirates haven’t been hit all season, so that’s a major achievement. We’re just saying separately from the incredible feat, the Pirates are now 7-18 this season. They now hit .221 over the season.

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