Lucas Giolito, White Sox Making a Playoff Push this Week

The Chicago White Sox are in the thick of a playoff race, well, sort of.

If you’ve been following the MLB the Show Major League Baseball player’s league, you know that White Sox ace, Lucas Giolito has fared pretty well thus far.

If you haven’t, the league is comprised of one representative from each team, that uses his respective club to compete in a schedule of three-inning virtual games on Sony’s MLB the Show baseball video game.

Giolito is currently sitting at 17-9 through Sunday night, in the eighth and final playoff spot right now. Giolito’s impending playoff race isn’t guaranteed right now, as he’s just one-half game ahead of Chicago Cubs’ outfielder, Ian Happ (16-9).

Fernando Tatis Jr (San Diego Padres) and Amir Garrett (Cincinnati Reds) are both one game behind Giolito entering play on Monday. Both Tatis and Garrett have records of 17-11 through Sunday night.

Aside from Giolito potentially bringing the virtual White Sox into the playoffs next week, his Twitch stream of his progress has been highly entertaining and informative for fans that have followed along. He’s granted fans an inside look at his personality, likes, and dislikes and neat stuff like his pitch grips, and pitching philosophies.

White Sox fans have even been treated to some games called by NBC Sports Chicago color commentator, Jason Benetti.

Giolito is back in action tonight, taking on Houston Astros’ pitcher Lance McCullers Jr (11-13), and Washington Nationals’ outfielder Juan Soto (15-12), with Giolito holding a magic number of four games to clinch his berth in the player’s league postseason, which will begin on May 1st.

You can stream tonight’s games on Giolito’s personal Twitch profile, HERE.

The postseason is set to kick off on May 1st, and will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN 2, and FS1. The top-8 contestants will compete in a quarterfinals (best of three), semifinals (best of three), and eventually a championship series (best of 5) to crown the first-ever MLB the Show Player’s League Champion.

If virtual baseball isn’t your cup of tea, there has been momentum towards a potential deal between Korea’s KBO and ESPN, that would bring live baseball to our televisions as soon as May 5th, if completed.

You can hear more about that progress on Monday’s episode of The Chicago Dugout Morning Show in the player below.


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Patrick Flowers

Founder, Editor-in-Chief of The Dugout. Previous work can be found all over and has been featured on Bleacher Report, Fox Sports, and SI. Dad, husband, son, and brother among other things.

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