Logan Gilbert - August 8th vs. SDP (7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K)
Game Score: 87
For those who have been around since his debut in 2021, you already know that Logan Gilbert profiles as a pitcher with a great four-seam fastball whose Achilles heel is his tendency to give up hard contact a little too frequently. On the upside, when Gilbert is at his best, his mastery of the strike zone can have devastating results for the opposing team.
Against the San Diego Padres, Gilbert was incredible, fanning 12 batters over seven innings and garnering 15 swings and misses. His four-seam fastball sat close to 97 mph and he used the pitch to cut up the Padres lineup without mercy. To make matters worse, on 20 sliders thrown, Gilbert gave up just one ball and one hit.
While his cumulative 2023 ERA of 3.73 was slightly worse than his 2022 ERA of 3.20, his peak performance in 2023 was much higher. Much of the change can be chalked up to a slight dip in potency for his four-seam fastball. While had run values of 19 and 12 on the pitch in 2021 and 2022 respectively, it had a run value of 0 in 2023. Instead, his slider run value of 15 made that the most lethal weapon in his five-pitch arsenal. If he's able to put two and two together, Gilbert's going to have a career year in 2024.