Neither Dallas Keuchel nor Lucas Giolito were finalists for this year’s American League Cy Young Award, but the White Sox duo placed in the voting.
Keuchel finished fifth and Giolito finished seventh, both losing out to unanimous winner Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians.
Keuchel, who received five second-place votes, gave the White Sox exactly what they hoped he would when they inked him to a multi-year free-agent contract last offseason. The veteran lefty was as dependable as they come in 2020, quieting opposing lineups with a steady diet of ground balls and finishing the season second in the AL with a 1.99 ERA.
Giolito, meanwhile, picked up where he left off following a transformative 2019 campaign that saw him go from the pitcher with the worst stats in baseball to an All Star. In 2020, he continued to dominate the competition, ranking second in the AL with 97 strikeouts and posting a 3.48 ERA. His season was highlighted by the no-hitter he threw against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 25 and the perfect-game bid he took into the seventh inning of Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Series, a game that took place after Cy Young voting had concluded.
This is the first time Keuchel has placed in Cy Young voting since winning the award in 2015. It's the second consecutive season Giolito has finished in the top seven after he was sixth in 2019.