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Gil's MLB debut: 6 scoreless, W for Yankees

MLB.com 04 August, 2021 - 08:10pm

The Yankees needed an emergency starter. In came right-hander Luis Gil, the team’s No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline. He made his Major League debut, and he was outstanding as the Yanks pounded the Orioles, 13-1.

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On Monday, Gil thought he was going to still be pitching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the next day. But he received the call that night telling him he was going to the big leagues.

“I was so excited, I called my family. I barely slept. The emotions and everything I felt were going through my head,” Gil said through an interpreter. “I prayed a lot. I asked for guidance, because I knew I was going to be nervous.”

By the time Gil reached the Yankee Stadium mound, he kept his emotions in check. He threw six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out six. Gil relied heavily on his four-seam fastball -- clocked as high as 98.5 mph -- and slider to get quick outs.

“Thankfully, I was able to relax. Thank God, myself and the team were able to work together very well,” Gil said.

After the game, the Yankees returned Gil to Triple-A. But not before he became the first Yanks pitcher to throw at least six scoreless innings in his Major League debut since Sam Militello, who tossed seven against the Red Sox on Aug. 9, 1992.

"[Gil] has a great arm, but we knew we had to push his fastball down and didn’t really do that,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “We were too aggressive against a pitcher with really good stuff."

From the start, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he loved the fact that Gil threw early strikes, as well as the way that he worked with catcher Gary Sánchez.

“He was getting [strike one] all night. He was able to land his breaking ball and threw some good changeups, too,” Boone said. “So he had a presence with his secondary pitches. As we talked about before the game, the fastball really plays. It’s great velocity and it has great characteristics. He was pounding the strike zone.”

Gil was never in any serious trouble. Baltimore had runners on first and second with two outs in both the fourth and sixth, but Gil escaped both jams without allowing any damage.

Gil wasn’t the only Yankees pitcher to make his Major League debut, as relievers Stephen Ridings and Brody Koerner also both took a big league mound for the first time. It was the second time in Yanks history that three pitchers debuted in the same game. The first time was Sept. 26, 1950, when Lew Burdette, Dave Madison and Ernie Nevel debuted against the Senators.

Ridings struck out the side in the seventh, allowing only a two-out double to Maikel Franco. Koerner allowed one run on two hits and one walk over two innings.

“It was our first time seeing [Ridings] in person," Boone said. "The stuff was impressive from the side. He had a little strut out there. We were impressed with his demeanor."

Gil received more than enough support to win his first Major League game, as the Yankees had a 9-0 lead after four innings. Giancarlo Stanton had a big night, going 2-for-5 with four RBIs. He had an RBI single during New York's five-run rally in the third against O's starter Alexander Wells, then swatted a three-run homer off Adam Plutko an inning later.

The Yankees were glad to see Stanton get into a groove. He hadn't homered since July 20 and was 7-for-39 over his previous 12 games.

“It was good to get some RBIs and help the team keep punching,” Stanton said.

Added Boone, “It’s been a little bit of a down month for 'G.' We know when he gets rolling well, he can carry us. He is so critical to the middle of our lineup. For him to get a big base hit early on as part of that big rally we had [in the third], and then to stick one in the seats the other way, it was good to see.”

New York delivered the knockout blow by scoring four runs in the eighth against Baltimore right-hander Shaun Anderson. Aaron Judge capped the scoring with a solo homer.

The Yankees must extend both Aaron Judge and Joey Gallo

Pinstripe Alley 04 August, 2021 - 08:10pm

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On February 9, 2020, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a veritable superteam. Having won 106 games the year prior, they were returning a lineup that had eight players who posted an OPS+ over 108, led by reigning MVP Cody Bellinger, to go along with a pitching staff headlined by Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler. Had they decided to bring back the 2019 squad unchanged for 2020, nobody would have batted an eye.

Instead, on February 10, 2020, they traded Alex Verdugo, Jeter Downs, and Connor Wong to the Boston Red Sox for Mookie Betts and David Price, finalizing a trade that had been initially agreed to the week prior but had fallen apart due to medicals. By taking on Price’s contract and parting with a high-level prospect, the Dodgers were able to add one of the game’s most electric players to their lineup, who had multiple Gold Gloves to his name. As good as the outfield of Joc Pederson, A.J. Pollock, and Cody Bellinger had been, Betts instantly made it the best in the league.

But Betts was only one year away from free agency, Corey Seager only two years away, and with a small army about to hit arbitration — Bellinger, Max Muncy, Buehler, and Julio Urías, among others — nobody would have blinked twice if the Dodgers simply said, “Thanks for the 2020 season, Mookie, and best of luck in free agency, but we just can’t simply afford to pay you.” Instead, the Dodgers locked up Betts with a 12-year extension worth $365 million, making it the fifth-largest sports contract of all time. In doing so, they ensured that one of the game’s most electric players and a perennial MVP candidate would spend the rest of his career as a member of the Dodgers.

Why am I talking at length about the Dodgers? After all, this is a Yankees blog, and the first mention of the Yankees, earlier in this sentence, was the 316th word of this piece. Well, the Dodgers are, in many ways, the most similar organization in baseball to the Yankees: a historic team with a massive following in the largest market on their respective coast. They also are, in my opinion, the most well-run big-market organization in baseball. Despite consistently having one of the league’s best farm systems and being one of the league’s best at employing analytics, they do not pinch pennies: in addition to extending Betts, they offered Gerrit Cole a record-setting contract in free agency, then signed Trevor Bauer to a contract worth as much as $40-45 million in any given season.

They’ve also been active at the trade deadline, acquiring Manny Machado in 2018 from the Orioles and, just this past week, Max Scherzer and Trea Turner from the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers are aggressive, and willing to throw their money around; combined with their emphasis on analytics, pitching depth, and positional versatility, they are essentially what the Tampa Bay Rays would be if the Rays decided to, you know, actually pay their players more than the absolute minimum.

Despite the team’s struggles this year, the Yankees are in a similar position as the Dodgers were before the 2020 season. Even before trading for Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo, they genuinely were a good team, albeit one that has been beset by underperformance and injuries. With Gallo, Aaron Judge, DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sánchez, the Yankees have a very strong core in place for the 2022 season. They are also, however, at a crossroads: Gallo, Judge, and Sánchez will all be free agents after next season.

Let’s leave aside Sánchez for the moment, because catchers follow different rules when it comes to contracts. Gallo and Judge are going to demand big paydays in free agency, and rightfully so: not only are they two of the best hitters in baseball, they’re also among the league’s better outfielders defensively. I’m not going to speculate on exact contract length and value — Judge is going to be entering his age-31 season when he hits free agency, which muddies the waters somewhat — but rest assured, any team that wants their services will have to back up the money truck into their driveway. In both cases, that team better be the New York Yankees.

Let’s pretend for a second that the luxury tax actually matters. The truth is, the Yankees at the moment have exactly one massive annual salary, Gerrit Cole’s — no, Stanton’s arguagly does not quite count, as the Yankees are only paying $22 million annually, with Marlins paying his salary down. The Dodgers? Betts, Kershaw, and Bauers all have contracts that average about $30 million, and Bellinger and Trea Turner are about to see raises on their $16 million and $13 million salaries via arbitration. The Dodgers are living proof that the Yankees can afford both Gallo and Judge easily.

Even if the team wanted to continue to remain luxury-tax conscious — or if a salary cap is imposed in this winter’s CBA, unlikely as that may be — the Yankees have the money to keep their two big hitters. The team currently has $30 million invested in two relief pitchers, Aroldis Chapman and Zack Britton, a luxury that they could afford when Judge, Sánchez, and the rest of the team’s young players were making close to league minimum. Both their contracts end after the 2022 season, right when those same youngsters hit free agency. Personally, I’m not totally sold that this is a coincidence: simply by letting these two walk, the Yankees free up enough space for one large extension, which means that they only have to find the money for the other.

And they need to. Having the trio of Gallo, Judge, and Stanton in the middle of the Yankees lineup for the next several years would give the Yankees arguably the best 2-3-4 for the next several seasons; by building on this foundation through trades, the draft, and free agency, they should be able to keep their window of contention open for longer. Otherwise, if they fail to lock up a core...well, just ask Cubs fans what happens next.

By Yankfan99 on 08.04.21 2:12pm

You think he suddenly forgot how to hit?

By tdannay on 08.04.21 2:15pm

By CA_Yankee_Fan on 08.04.21 3:12pm

Judge sure. Gallo? He just came here and he needs to prove himself in New York. Plus a decision of who stays is in order. Gallo or Stanton. Plus you have to make room for Florial and the young studs coming up. Pereira, Dominguez and Wells are sure bets to stick. Younger, healthier and cheap.

By ERA28725291 on 08.04.21 2:19pm

Jesus Montero was a sure bet until he wasn’t. Kevin Maitan had Dominguez-level hype, and then he didn’t. Until the possible becomes actual, have actual good hitters under contract

By Joshua Diemert on 08.04.21 2:23pm

Jesus Montero was like literally the number 2 or 3 prospect in all of baseball when he came up wasn’t he? I can’t think of a much surer bet than that and still doing nothing lmao. Also some of the people he chose for "sure bets" are really weird. Wells and Pereira look like nice prospects but neither are especially highly touted at this point.

By ecastle2 on 08.04.21 2:53pm

Montero was #3 behind Harper and Trout and was considered the best hitting prospect in the entire MiLB system

By Damn_yanks on 08.04.21 2:57pm

I went back and looked at the 2011 top prospects boards and there’s a familiar name in the top 20 of most rankings from that year. Jameson Taillon

By ecastle2 on 08.04.21 3:40pm

By CA_Yankee_Fan on 08.04.21 3:12pm

I’d almost rather see Judge and Rizzo if I had to chose. That’s not a knock on Gallo just like the idea of a strong defense in the infield. I’d rather all three.

By Darth_Lazarus on 08.04.21 2:24pm

Give me Rizzo any day of the week. I love how they say anyone can play 1st base until you see him short hop a throw or start a double play off a grounder. That’s why Teixeira was so valuable to those teams.

By atjar on 08.04.21 2:27pm

definitely Judge and Rizzo , to me better combo than Gallo, but all efforts should be made to keep all three if possible

By Yankees456 on 08.04.21 2:43pm

God forbid a players strike….that will hurt the game of baseball terribly coming off two years of Covid already wrecking havoc.

By EasyRider28 on 08.04.21 2:52pm

I was fortunate to watch both the Yankees and Dodgers go toe to toe in many of the World Series battles during the 1940’s and 50’s; they spent a great deal of their money on scouting and were able to get the best players before the drafts and free agency. Branch Rickey, GM of the Dodgers, said, "Luck is the residue of design," and both the Yankees and Dodgers proved that in dominating their leagues.

By Hankflorida on 08.04.21 2:55pm

What are the chances Freddie Freeman doesn’t re-sign with The Braves? I’d take him and Judge over Judge and Rizzo or Judge and Gallo.

By Damn_yanks on 08.04.21 3:00pm

By CA_Yankee_Fan on 08.04.21 3:14pm

I’m a bit surprised an extension hasn’t been worked out and he will reach free agency. I am expecting him to stay a Brave for his career

By Damn_yanks on 08.04.21 3:33pm

I definitely thought they’d extend him but once he hits free agency, I’m not so sure he’s still a Brave next year. He seems like he wants to stay. I’ve heard him talk about his relationship with Chipper and it seems like he’d also like to spend his entire career in Atlanta but I’m really curious to see what money Atlanta offers, what kind of a home town discount he’s willing to take and what other team is aggressive enough to try and lure him away (and how much that costs).

By francesco smith on 08.04.21 4:16pm

People understand that Judge and Gallo are going to get around $250 mill a piece.. right? With Cole and Stanton already on books, I have a hard time believing that yanks will sign both- if not either of them.

By Redstorm47 on 08.04.21 3:27pm

Did you not read the part of the article where I said that the Yankees already free up enough money for one simply by letting Chapman and Britton walk? Or the fact that Stanton is only getting paid $22M by the Yankees, which means he doesn’t have a big AAV. Or the fact that baseball doesn’t have a salary cap, and the Dodgers show that you can easily pay multiple players $30M+?

By John Griffin on 08.04.21 3:55pm

First of all.. While I agree Yankees will surpass the lux tax once it’s reset, I don’t see Hal spending $300 mill a year.. I really don’t. Lets say yanks draw line at $250 mill budget— do you think it’s smart to tie up roughly 32% of your budget on 3 players who all play the same position (COF/DH?) also, it will severely limit the yanks flexibility going forward with all of the long term deals they have with older players… DJ, Cole, etc.

By Redstorm47 on 08.04.21 3:59pm

Why yes, I think it’s a good idea to tie up 30% of the payroll in good players, thank you very much.

Additionally, if you’re going to give an arbitrary cap, remember this maxim from the NFL: cap space is an illusion. There’s always ways to manipulate money to stay under the threshold with the players you want. Lack of flexibility because of preexisting salaries is very much a myth.

By John Griffin on 08.04.21 4:04pm

I disagree… but that’s what makes this fun, we will see how it shakes out.

By Redstorm47 on 08.04.21 4:36pm

If the 2021 Yankees aren’t living proof of this point.

By The idiot that said, "Harper is coming" on 08.04.21 4:45pm

By Kropotkin on 08.04.21 5:03pm

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Yankees demolish O’s in Luis Gil’s dominant MLB debut

New York Post 03 August, 2021 - 09:33pm

By Greg Joyce

A night after resembling the pre-trade deadline Yankees, the upgraded version offered a proper introduction to Yankee Stadium.

Coming off a dismal loss and the news of two starting pitchers testing positive for COVID-19, the Yankees dusted themselves off and enjoyed a laugher, crushing the Orioles 13-1 on Tuesday night in The Bronx.

Led by two-hit nights from DJ LeMahieu, Anthony Rizzo, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres — after the entire lineup mustered just three total hits Monday — the offense exploded for a season-high in runs on 15 hits to provide Luis Gil plenty of cushion in his impressive MLB debut.

The 23-year-old Gil, called up earlier on Tuesday to start for the COVID-19-positive Gerrit Cole, hardly needed all the support, firing six shutout innings for a strong first impression. The right-hander gave up just four singles and a walk while striking out six on 88 pitches.

“To have Luis come up for the first time and really shine and embrace the moment, it was much-needed,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Through all this adversity that comes our way, it does create opportunities for other people to step up and contribute. We got some meaningful contributions from the guys that came up today.”

The Yankees (57-49) won for the sixth time in eight games — and 16 out of 24 — including a 4-1 mark since adding a trade-deadline haul headlined by Rizzo and Joey Gallo.

Tuesday was a rare blowout for the Yankees, keyed by a five-run third inning in which they knocked out Orioles starter Alexander Wells.

“It’s really having a great approach against a starter and trying to get him out early,” said Stanton, who went 2-for-5 with four RBIs, including a three-run homer in the fourth. “You get him out before five [innings], then the bullpen’s going to have a tough time containing us the rest of the way.”

On a day when they learned Jordan Montgomery would join Cole on the COVID-19 injured list, putting a dent in their rotation as they chase a playoff spot, the Yankees got nine innings from a trio of pitchers who were still in Triple-A on Monday night. Stephen Ridings and Brody Koerner joined Gil in making their MLB debuts Tuesday, with Ridings striking out three and Koerner tossing two innings to close out the win.

The Yankees gave Gil a lead to work with in the second inning on an RBI double by Torres before piling on in the third.

Greg Allen got the rally started when he was hit by a pitch and came around to score on LeMahieu’s double to the gap. Rizzo came up next and continued to produce in his new uniform, lining a single up the middle. LeMahieu stopped at third but Cedric Mullins’ throw from center field hit second base, bouncing away to allow LeMahieu to score for the 3-0 lead.

After Aaron Judge singled, Stanton lined another single up the middle to plate Rizzo. Sanchez then roped a double to left field to make it 5-0 and chase Wells from the game.

Torres capped off the big inning with a sacrifice fly, which put the Yankees ahead 6-0.

After the Orioles scratched across a run in the top of the eighth off Koerner, the Yankees finished off the blowout with four runs in the bottom half. Tyler Wade ripped a two-run double, Rizzo grounded out to notch an RBI in his fifth straight game as a Yankee and Judge hit a solo homer.

“Just everyone having good at-bats up and down the order,” Boone said. “Then we were able to add on a little bit, which was nice to see. We haven’t had a lot of those lopsided games this year. It’s nice to have one of those guys.”

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