Seattle Mariners Rookie Logan Gilbert struggles once again

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 19: Logan Gilbert #36 of the Seattle Mariners reacts during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at T-Mobile Park on May 19, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 19: Logan Gilbert #36 of the Seattle Mariners reacts during the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at T-Mobile Park on May 19, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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Well, you can’t fault a guy for being optimistic. In the article I posted before the series finale against the Tigers, I thought that Logan Gilbert would do a lot better in his second career start for the Mariners.

Instead, we were treated to a start that was worse in about every way for the youngster, as he got shelled by the Tigers, leaving before the end of the third inning. Instead of a straight recap of what happened, let’s take a look at some of the good and some of the bad from his start.

Positive Takeaways from Logan Gilberts second start

Well, it’s pretty much just the first inning. That’s about it. Gilbert cruised through on just nine pitches with one strikeout. Honestly, there isn’t much more than that for this start. Against Cleveland, he was able to fall into a rhythm and finish out his day strong. Against Detroit, it became the opposite.

His 4-seamer was sitting around 94, which is nice. The slider was low 80’s and the knuckle curve was low/mid 70’s. It’s a great variance, just one that wasn’t working against the Tigers.

Negative Takeaways from Logan Gilberts second start

I would honestly say everything from the second and third inning was either passable or bad. There wasn’t anything positive there. 30 pitches in the second, two hits, two runs, a walk, and one strikeout. If you think that was bad, well, the third inning was worse. At least, the parts of it that he threw.

Gilbert would face long at-bats from each of the five batters he faced, going 8,7,5,9,6 in pitches thrown. He gave up two more hits, walked another batter, and one more run before being pulled after 35 pitches, amounting to 74 total through just 2-2/3 innings.

Hey, at least I had a relative pitch total correct for my predictions. Next up for Logan Gilbert will be another series finale, this one coming against the Athletics while down in Oakland, and it will be a Wednesday afternoon game. Let’s all hope that for the Mariners rookie, the third time will be a charm.

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