Mariners Logan Gilbert puts together an incredible start in Win

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 08: Logan Gilbert #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at T-Mobile Park on July 08, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JULY 08: Logan Gilbert #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at T-Mobile Park on July 08, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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After playing poorly in the first two games of the series against the New York Yankees, the Mariners needed a strong start from Logan Gilbert to have a chance of avoiding being swept by the Bronx Bombers. What they got from Gilbert wasn’t just good. It was incredible.

Now, there have been plenty of better starts by the Mariners throughout their history. What makes the Gilbert start so special is that his stat line is something that has only been achieved by one other player in the HISTORY OF THE MARINERS. Yeah, it’s so good that I had to capitalize it. 7 innings, 8 K’s, 1 Hit, 0 Walks, 0 Runs.

Logan Gilbert is just the second Mariners pitcher in their history to achieve that stat line.

The other guy to do it? The King, back when he threw his perfect game.

The hit by the Yankees came early in the game as well, when he gave up a double to Stanton in the second inning. He would hit Luke Voit next… and that would be the last Yankee to get on until the 9th inning. Gilbert would retire 18 straight to end his outing, clearly in control for the rest of the game.

The start just makes it past Chris Flexen and Yusei Kikuchi for the best game score by a Mariners starting pitcher this year. To my understanding, at least, hit batters don’t count, giving Gilbert a Game Score of 83. Flexen had an 82 against the Twins, and Kikuchi had an 80 against the trash cans… I mean the Astros.

A big part of his success is the ability for Logan Gilbert to mix in some impressive heat with a dirty/nasty/wipeout slider. The heater would touch 99 today, and the slider was sitting people down left and right. Even the Pitching Ninja was talking about it on Twitter.

And to think, he’s not even supposed to be the leader of the prospect trio. Some even had him as the 3rd ranked of the three. Yet, throughout his last six starts, he is rocking a 2.90 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, a K rate of 9.9/9, with an impressive slash line allowed of .209/.270/.355.

If this is the version of Logan Gilbert that the Mariners are going to be seeing on a regular basis, it’s a huge win and piece for the future. No longer are we looking at a number 4 in the rotation. Instead, we are looking at someone that can push to lead the rotation and be the future ace of the Seattle Mariners.

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