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Giolito rues lost season for White Sox: 'We sucked'

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The Chicago White Sox were arguably the biggest disappointment in baseball this season.

Right-hander Lucas Giolito played a part in the club's troubles with his worst season since 2018 and admits not a lot went right for him or the White Sox in 2022.

"We sucked," Giolito told Jomboy Media's "The Chris Rose Rotation."

"There's no excuse. I sucked ... I'm one of the starting pitchers on the team. It's important that I do well for the team to do well."

The 28-year-old posted an 11-9 record with a 4.90 ERA, 4.06 FIP, and 9.85 K/9 across 161 2/3 innings (30 starts) this season.

Giolito believes the onus for the club's struggles falls primarily on the players, not management.

"I'm not going to point fingers at our manager," Giolito said. "I'm not going to point fingers at the front office. They're not the ones taking the ball. They're not the ones playing."

Giolito added that their inability to put all facets of their game together simultaneously was a big reason the White Sox couldn't find much consistency on the field.

"Sometimes we'd be doing well in one area, and we'd be sucking in another one," Giolito said. "There were little spurts where we'd put it together, and then we would start sucking in a certain area and drag it down."

Chicago stumbled to an 81-81 record in a season where many predicted the club would cruise to a second straight AL Central title.

Manager Tony La Russa stepped away from the club in August due to a medical issue, with Miguel Cairo taking over for the remainder of the campaign. The White Sox have yet to name a manager for the 2023 season.

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