Lucas Giolito did not like something concerning the American League division collection.
“My playoff begin did not go effectively,” the White Sox’s right-hander mentioned on a Zoom name Thursday afternoon. “That collection for us did not go effectively.”
True and true.
Pitching in Sport 2 in opposition to the Astros, Giolito lasted solely 4⅓ innings and gave up 4 earned runs on 3 hits and 5 walks in a 9-4 loss.
The Sox dropped the primary two video games of the best-of-five collection at Houston, roared again for a 12-6 win at Assured Price Subject however headed for house after being blown out in Sport 4.
“Common season, nice,” Giolito mentioned. “We received our key guys again and we have been in a very great place. Postseason, I feel that we received some priceless expertise there. We undoubtedly didn’t carry out how we wished to, in order that was a letdown, however that is simply extra motivation.
“I feel that each single man that was a part of that postseason run for us discovered one thing, and it is one thing that is going to proceed to drive us and make us hungrier for extra.”
Giolito’s urge for food elevated earlier this week when he returned to Minute Maid Park in Houston for Sport 6 of the World Collection Tuesday evening.
Accompanied by Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty — a highschool teammate — Giolito watched Braves starter Max Fried, one other prep teammate at Harvard-Westlake Faculty in Los Angeles, shut down the Astros as Atlanta gained the championship in 6 video games.
“Largely simply the sensation of like, ‘I actually wish to be right here at this stage,'” Giolito mentioned. “There are a number of takeaways from it and I feel that we as a workforce will use that as extra gasoline for subsequent 12 months. We’ll undoubtedly come out much more ready for playoff baseball. However actually, being there, I wasn’t too involved about like, ‘Oh, I am going again after what occurred.’
“It was extra being there to help Max. Simply extraordinarily motivating, seeing him do his factor on the market. Simply form of being there in that surroundings, it actually provides me an increasing number of drive to get to that highest of ranges.”
The White Sox have locked up younger expertise like Tim Anderson, Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez and Yoan Moncada lately.
Below contractual management for 2 extra seasons, Giolito mentioned there aren’t any present extension talks with the Sox.
The 27-year-old pitcher hopes that modifications within the days and months forward.
“I imply, I am open to it,” Giolito mentioned. “For me, I am at all times desirous about a long-term contract, one thing the place, basically make me a White Sox participant for all times. However the enterprise of baseball is the enterprise of baseball. A variety of that is out of my palms so in the intervening time I am simply going to give attention to what I give attention to, which is getting higher, particularly within the offseason proper now.
“Getting my physique sturdy, honing in and refining a few of my pitching stuff and going on the market and giving it my all for my workforce. That is all I can management. The opposite stuff, it’s what it’s.”
Giolito tried to get to Houston and see Fried begin Sport 2 of the World Collection final week, however he and his spouse Ariana have been recovering from COVID-19.
“Absolutely vaccinated and the signs have been very minimal, so my spouse and I have been quarantining at house,” Giolito mentioned. “I used to be bummed out nevertheless it ended up going to Sport 6. I used to be so nervous the Braves have been enjoying so effectively that they’d shut it out at house and I would not have the ability to see Max do his factor.
“We put it collectively by means of CAA, my company, and MLB. It got here collectively very quick. Obtained our flights and we have been on the market. Completely fantastic. Ari and I are completely fantastic. The vaccine helps quite a bit, I extremely suggest it.”