Well, that’s more like it. A day after being outclassed by a cat that escaped onto the field, the Yankees stormed back with a nice and easy 13-1 victory which is how it should be against the Orioles. Luis Gil had an incredible MLB debut and the bats showed up to back the rookie. Onto the takeaways:
Luis Gil might be the real deal. Pronounce his name properly and that rhymes. Gil was called up at the last minute to replace Gerrit Cole in the rotation after Cole’s positive COVID test, and you can’t ask for anything more from a guy in his first MLB start.
Gil blanked the Orioles across six strong innings. He allowed just 4 hits, struck out six, and walked only one. Here’s his pitch plot on the evening:
You can see the game plan was clearly to keep the fastball up and the changeup down. The slider was a bit all over the place and you’ll notice that bottom left quadrant – where you ideally want to throw the slider – is sorely lacking pitches though this is all just nitpicking because Gil was outstanding tonight.
He is known for an electric fastball – MLB Pipeline gives it a 75/80 rating which is absolutely elite, elite stuff – and Gil had a great one tonight. He averaged 96 mph on the pitch with a 2,464 rpm spin rate to boot. The pitch had a 33% CSW rate and you could see the O’s hitters late on it all night long.
Gil also used his slider as a get-me-over pitch early in the count getting 9 called strikes with it which was certainly an interesting approach. Some of those probably weren’t on purpose though. The biggest positive for Gil tonight was actually his control. He is known as a guy who struggles in that area, walking 14% of batters faced in the minors this year, yet he only walked one tonight. That was the real key for Gil. Finding a way to get the ball over the plate. It helped that the putrid Orioles lineup couldn’t hit the ball hard with an average exit velo of 87.6 mph and they didn’t get a single XBH off the rookie. Per Katie Sharp on Twitter, it was the first Yankee debut of 6+ IP, 0 R, and 6+ K’s since 1907. A fantastic debut for Gil and I hope we see more of him.
The offense remembers who they are facing. Last night left a bad taste in all of our mouths and seemingly for the Yankee hitters as well because they came out swinging tonight against soft-tossing lefty Alexander Wells.
A Gleyber Torres double to score Gary in the 2nd started things off and the Yankees broke it open in the 3rd. After only getting 3 hits all of last night, they got 4 hits in a row scoring 5 in the 3rd. Here’s how they got it done:
Giancarlo Stanton made this one a laugher in the 4th with a 3-run homer marking his first HR since July 20.
What I love about those hits is how many of them are up the middle or to the opposite field. Don’t get me wrong – pulling the ball is awesome and leads to the most power, but when you’re a struggling offense, taking what the pitcher gives you and hitting it hard back up the middle or going oppo is a sign of a great approach. It means they’re staying back and trusting themselves to make solid contact. It was just their 3rd time scoring more than 4 runs since the All-Star break. In that 3rd inning, the Bombers hit 4 balls over 90 mph which will lead to great outcomes. As a team they were 7-13 with RISP and only left 3 on base. Nice to start seeing that regression.
More debuts! After Gil exited, Stephen Ridings came in and was absolutely electric. The 6’8″ ginger from Long Island struck out the side generating a 63% CSW on his pitches. Check out this awesomeness:
It was an incredible display and let’s just say us at Views are all aboard the Ridings train after that.
- Great game for DJ LeMahieu with 2 “doubles” (one was a Baltimore miscue) and 3 hard hit balls. He and Gleyber Torres were both 3 for their last 21 before hitting doubles tonight.
- DJ, Rizzo, Stanton, Gary, and Gleyber all had multi-hit games in this one. Great to see that. Joey Gallo was the only player to go hitless.
- Brody Koerner also made his MLB debut in this one to close it out. He gave up 1 run in his 2 innings of work. It was the first time in Yankee history 3 pitches made their MLB debut in the same game.
The Yankees go for the series win tomorrow night. It’ll be July pitcher of the month Jameson Taillon against Matt Harvey at 7:08pm eastern.