Joc Pederson’s last five hits have been homers

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Joc Pederson is only 5 for his last 21. That’s not a great average. But batting average isn’t everything, I suppose. The fact that all five of those hits have been homers makes up for it somewhat.

Pederson homered in the sixth inning of the Dodgers-Giants game last Monday. Then he went 1-for-3 with a homer on Wednesday, 1-for-3 with a homer on Friday, 1-for-5 with a homer on Saturday, took an o-fer on Sunday and then homered in a 1-for-4 effort last night. He’s also struck out ten times over that span, so he’s basically turned into Dave Kingman in the last week.

Quick: someone ask Tommy Lasorda what he thinks of Pederson’s performance.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.