MLB Weekly Digest August 31st Edition: Chicago White Sox Starting Pitcher Lucas Giolito Tosses No-Hitter

MLB Weekly Digest August 31st Edition: Chicago White Sox Starting Pitcher Lucas Giolito Tosses No-Hitter

The last week in MLB was about a starting pitcher in the American League making history, an outfielder has been placed on the injured list again, and a team in the National League is making moves before the trade deadline.

Chicago White Sox Starting Pitcher Lucas Giolito Tosses No-Hitter

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito made history last week in his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates as he threw a no-hitter against them.

Giolito had everything working in the outing, as he tossed 101 pitches (74 strikes), fanned 13 batters, and issued just one walk.

This was the 19th no-hitter in White Sox history and the first since Philip Humber threw a perfect game in 2012.

The 13 strikeouts by Giolito are the most by any White Sox pitcher in a no-hitter, per MLB Stats.

Giolito forced the Pirates to swing and miss 30 times in the spectacular start, the second-most swing-and-misses in a no-hitter since 1988, per Jesse Rogers of ESPN.

A common theme with most no-hitters is a stellar defensive play, and this occurred during the seventh inning when shortstop Tim Anderson and first baseman Jose Abreu teamed up for a great play.

The impressive aspect of this start is witnessing the evolution of Giolito.

He had the highest ERA in MLB among qualified pitchers in 2018 at 6.13 and two years later throws a no-hitter.

He became the fourth pitcher to have the highest qualified ERA in a season and throw a no-hitter years later, per Sarah Langs of MLB.

The White Sox have someone in Giolito, who can lead a rotation for several years.

New York Yankees Place Outfielder Aaron Judge on Injured List Again

The New York Yankees will be without a key player in their lineup as they have placed outfielder Aaron Judge on the injured list again, general manager Brian Cashman announced a couple of days ago, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic.

The Yankees placed Judge on the IL on Aug. 14 with what Yankees manager Aaron Boone described as a “very mild” calf strain.

The interesting aspect is Judge wanted the club to give him a couple of days to rest the calf injury instead of placing him on the IL.

However, the outfielder experienced calf tightness while running the bases against the Atlanta Braves last Wednesday in his first game back.

Cashman mentioned the Yankees would probably have Judge be out twice as long as the first time, per Adler.

Judge initially spent 11 days on the IL when the injury first happened.

The problem with this type of injury is if you do not get the proper amount of rest, and come back too early, the injury can become worse.

San Diego Padres Acquire Reliever Trevor Rosenthal from Kansas City Royals

The San Diego Padres have made a move for bullpen help before the trade deadline by acquiring reliever Trevor Rosenthal from the Kansas City Royals.

The team sent outfielder Edward Olivares and a player to be named later to the Royals, per a team announcement.

Rosenthal is having a bounce-back season, saving seven games with a 3.29 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings pitched.

He had a disastrous 2019 season by posting a 13.50 ERA in 22 games with the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers.

The Padres adding Rosenthal was a great move as they are without closer Kirby Yates, who recently had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

The Padres made another solid move yesterday as they acquired first baseman, Mitch Moreland, from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Jeisson Rosario and infielder Hudson Potts, per a team announcement.

Moreland is having a productive season as indicated by his .328 batting average and 1.177 OPS in 22 games with eight home runs and 21 RBIs.

The acquisitions of Moreland and Rosenthal should give the Padres a chance to make the postseason this year.

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