Inside the numbers of Lucas Giolito’s first career no-hitter

A breakout 2019 season, capped off by an All-Star nod was the turn of the page the White Sox were hoping for after a 2018 season that ranked amongst the worst in baseball for Lucas Giolito.  But that was then.  And 2019 might have just have been the starting point for the breakout of the White Sox ace who tossed his first career no-hitter on Tuesday against the Pirates at Guaranteed Rate Field.  The White Sox bonafide ace, Giolito was dominant, striking out 13 in an efficient 101 pitches to record the 19th no-no in White Sox history, and first since Philip Humber threw a perfect game in April of 2012.

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Giolito became the first White Sox pitcher to throw a no-hitter and strike out 10 or more batters.  For a team that has thrown more no-hitters than any other team in baseball other than the Dodgers, this stands out.  As the White Sox turn the page from rebuilders to contenders, Lucas Giolito has been at the forefront of it all.  Once the top pitching prospect in all of baseball, Lucas Giolito is now among the best pitchers in the game.  So, let’s dive into the numbers of Tuesday’s no-hitter:

0 –  NUMBER OF NO-HITTERS THROWN IN 2020 PRIOR TO GIOLITO

1 – NUMBER OF NO-HITTERS WHITE SOX HAVE NOW THROWN AGAINST NATIONAL LEAGUE TEAMS

3 – HITS LUIS ROBERT HAD IN GAME, MOST OF ANY PLAYER

8 – FIRST WHITE SOX NO-HITTER IN EIGHT YEARS, APRIL 21, 2012

13 – STRIKEOUTS LUCAS GIOLITO HAD AGAINST PIRATES

15 – JERSEY NUMBER OF ADAM ENGEL, WHO CAUGHT FINAL OUT

16 – NUMBER OF SLIDERS LUCAS GIOLITO THROWN (EIGHT WHIFFS)

18 – NUMBER OF WINS WHITE SOX HAVE AT HALF WAY POINT OF 2020 SEASON

19 – NUMBER OF NO HITTERS IN WHITE SOX HISTORY

26 – NUMBER OF STRIKEOUTS GIOLITO HAS HAD IN LAST TWO STARTS

27 – OUTS RECORDED….AND JERSEY NUMBER OF LUCAS GIOLITO

30 – NUMBER OF SWINGING STRIKES GIOLITO HAD (SECOND-MOST IN A NO-HITTER SINCE 1988)

30 (PART TWO) – CAREER WIN FOR LUCAS GIOLITO

38 – NUMBER OF CHANGEUPS THROWN (13 WHIFFS)

47 – NUMBER OF 4-SEAM FASTBALLS THROWN (NINE WHIFFS)

58 – GIOLITO STRIKEOUTS IN 2020 – SECOND IN MLB

85 – PERCENT CHANCE THAT FINAL OUT WOULD BE A HIT

101 – TOTAL PITCHES FOR LUCAS GIOLITO

102.6 – EXIT VELOCITY OF FINAL OUT…2ND HARDEST HIT BALL OF GIOLITO ON TUESDAY

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Inside the numbers of Lucas Giolito’s first career no-hitter originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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