The Seattle Mariners have an 11-6 record, one of the very best in the American League so far.
A huge part of that success should be attributed to right-handed pitcher Logan Gilbert.
Gilbert was, for quite some time, one of the Mariners’ best prospects, and a consensus top-50 prospect in MLB as a whole.
He made his debut last year, and while he had some flashes of brilliance, he posted an underwhelming 4.68 ERA in 119.1 innings.
But people who saw him pitch knew he was, and is, much better than that.
“Logan Gilbert this season: • 3-0 record • 0.40 ERA • 1 earned run • 22 1/3 IP • 22 SO • 4 BB • 0.85 WHIP • .188 BA against Mariners have won all 4 of his starts and are tied for the best record in the AL,” MLB analyst Danny Vietti tweeted.
Logan Gilbert this season:
• 3-0 record
• 0.40 ERA
• 1 earned run
• 22 1/3 IP
• 22 SO
• 4 BB
• 0.85 WHIP
• .188 BA against
Mariners have won all 4 of his starts and are tied for the best record in the AL.
— Danny Vietti (@DannyVietti) April 27, 2022
He Gives Seattle A Chance To Win Every Time
Every time Gilbert pitches, the Mariners win: that has been the case this season.
He has a 0.40 ERA, so that’s pretty much what you could expect.
Gilbert has excellent control: even last year, he showed that facet of his game by walking only 2.11 hitters per nine innings.
This year, he has shown even better control of the strike zone, with 1.61 walks per nine.
He has taken a huge step forward in command, though: he is now able to attack hitters with his impressive, mid-90s fastball and finish them with several secondaries, most notably an improved slider, a changeup, and a curveball.
With the way he is pitching, it’s not crazy to think the Mariners can finally take down the Houston Astros and win the AL West division.