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Gamethread: White Sox at Red Sox

The White Sox look to their ace in Lucas Giolito to provide much-needed good pitching

Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs
Cub flub: Lucas Giolito looks to improve from his previous start against another top-tier talent team in Boston.
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After a stinker of a start against the Cubs last week, Lucas Giolito looks to get himself and the Chicago White Sox back on track. What doomed Giolito on the 19th were the walks, and three untimely home runs for the Sox including a first-inning grand slam. But even with that bad start, he is still rated fifth in the AL for fWAR and sixth in FIP. He has also done decently well against Boston in limited time.

Opposing Red Sox hitters have a slash line of .200/.283/.275. The most successful hitters against him are obvious: Andrew Benintendi (who has the lone home run hit against Giolito) Mookie Betts, and J.D. Martinez (the latter two have three hits off the rising star). However, only those three batters have previously collected hits against Giolito in the Boston lineup.

Eduardo Rodriguez is on the bump for the BoSox and he has had similar success against White Sox batters. Sox hitters have a slash line of .226/.273/.371 against Rodriguez over his career. James McCann has had the most success facing him, with two home runs, while Tim Anderson is 0-for-11 with five strikeouts.

Meanwhile, some welcome news:

Along with that news, here are some tweets from Scott Merkin that address Dylan Cease, the only other good starter the Sox have in MLB or Triple-A besides Giolito.

And here is a nugget from James Fegan on newly re-signed (is that how it goes?) Hector Santiago:

Last but not least, more information on Jon Jay and news on Dylan Covey: