June’s #3 Mariners Bold Prediction: Gilbert throws a CG SO with 13 Ks
Gilbert has looked awesome all year, and like the Mariners best pitcher. So I’m going to go out on a limb and say he turns in not just the best Mariners outing of the year, but one of the best in all of baseball to date. At the start of the month, Walker Buehler has the best game score with a mark of 91, coming on a night where he threw a CG SO with 10 Ks and just three hits allowed.
I think Gilbert is going to just barely top that. 13 Ks and four hits allowed, for a game score of 92. His career best is an 83, which he did in a 7 IP gem against the Yankees last year, giving up a single hit and striking out 8.
The big question here is if he can keep the pitch count low enough to last that long, and get enough strikeouts. He’s never even had a game with double-digit Ks. He has gone 7 IP in each of his last three starts, so he’s got it in him if the pitch count can drop a bit.
Wednesday, June 29th against the Orioles in Seattle in the afternoon time slot. It looks like Gilbert will be throwing that game, and it’s a great scenario for him to come out and dominate. Calling it now.