Lucas Giolito hopes start vs. Cards isn’t his Chicago swan song

Sunday’s first-half finale could double as Lucas Giolito’s last home start as a member of chicago white sox

The veteran right-hander certainly doesn’t hope so, although he does understand the possibility.

Giolito (6-5, 3.50 ERA) is pitching effectively as he prepares to face scheduled tribe. louis cardinalsAnd with his contract expiring after the season, he could be tempting trade fodder. white sox Sink in the American League Central Standings

Chicago begins the second half with a nine-game road trip and isn’t set to return to Guaranteed Rate Field until a week before August. 1 trade deadline. Ask Giolito, however, and the circumstances are debatable.

“I understand,” said Giolito, the mainstay white sox Rotation since 2018. “You want to win; you want to have the best opportunity to win. But for me, it’s my loyalty to these guys. I want us to win. And even though we got off to a really, really bad start, I still Feels like it’s possible. I want to be able to do that with these guys for the rest of the season.

Despite recording 15 games under .500, white sox eight games behind central-leading Cleveland entering Sunday’s game

A 10-game losing streak that included six losses of at least three games in the first half—compared to a streak of only three such wins—certainly Chicago faltered, but living in baseball’s worst division was an advantage. is still…

Giolito said, “If we can fire up and fire on all cylinders offensively and defensively … it gives me hope that we can get back in the running and win the division.” “And I want to be here for that race, especially since this year, it’s like a big question mark.”

scheduled tribe. Lewis will start a puzzle of his own in left-hander Steven Matz (0-7, 5.02). Sent to the bullpen in late May after early season struggles in the starting rotation, Matz took the rotation spot of Adam Wainwright (shoulder), who had recently been on the injured list.

While Matz faltered in Miami on Wednesday, allowing two runs and three hits in 2 1/3 innings, he carried a 1.98 ERA over his first seven relief appearances, and he hasn’t surrendered a home run since May 24. Is.

Encouraging performances from the start have been common for the Saints of late. Lewis, who has won two out of three. Cardinals Saturday afternoon concluded their weekend series at Chicago with a 3-0 win, as Miles Mikolas set the tone with seven shutout innings of four-hit ball.

“This is what we need, and this is what we’re counting on,” Cardinals said manager Oliver Marmol. “And they are starting to perform well, which is a positive for us.

Paul DeJong broke an 0–13 fall with an RBI single in the second inning to drive in the game-winning run.

Giolito is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA in three career starts against Cardinalswith 17 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings

Matz took a no decision in his solo career debut against white sox In May 2016, allowed three runs (one earned) and six hits in 5 2/3 innings as a member of the New York Mets

–Field Level Media

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