DraftKings Ace Of The MLB Slate

He checks off all the boxes and is the premier pitching option on today's slate

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Lucas Giolito ($11,900)

Royals @ White Sox (-220, O/U 8.5) 

  • Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito recorded a 2.72 ERA over his last eight starts and has struck out 75 over his last 53.0 innings pitched.

  • He has dominated the Royals this season, owning a 2.32 ERA over five starts

  • Giolito has thrived during day games this season, posting a 1.63 ERA and 0.74 WHIP over 10 starts

Giolito’s Dominance

Lucas Giolito has been a mad man on the mound for the Chicago White Sox this season. If he looks like an ace, it’s probably because he is one.

The Chicago righty owns a brilliant 2.72 ERA over his last eight starts and has averaged nearly 6 2/3 innings per outing. He has allowed 50 combined walks and hits over his last 53.0 innings and has struck out a massive 75 batters. 

Giolito’s 36.4 percent strikeout rate and .188 opponent average over the last eight outings is reason enough to like him, but the fact is that he will take up a lot of your team salary today. It’s worth the investment, because a bunch of starting arms that are slated to throw today are terrible options, even the guys that are priced up. Overpay in the right way for Giolito.

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Giolito’s Credentials

The White Sox ace has completely dominated the Royals over the 2019 season, owning a 2.32 ERA over five starts, going 3-1 in the process. Kansas City has mustered just 16 hits over 31.0 innings against the short-armer, making this a prime matchup for him.

Giolito has thrived during day games this season, posting a 1.63 ERA and 0.74 WHIP over 10 starts. He has collected seven of his 14 wins during day games as well. His dismal hard hit rate of 31.4 percent overall this season has kept him out of trouble and he should have no issues against a Royals offense that has scored 21 runs over their last five contests. Watch Giolito pile up the strikeouts and score some major points in this one. 

Note: Advanced and batted ball statistics were found on publicly-available dashboards on FanGraphs. The advice and picks given are the writer’s opinions only and do not represent the stance or interest of BetQL or RotoQL in any way.