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LUIS GIL!!!

By Paul Semendinger

May 30, 2024

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The first great Yankees' pitching performance I ever saw was Ron Guidry in 1978. He won his first 13 decisions. He was amazing. I thought that Guidry must be the greatest pitcher of all-time. (Of course, I was nine-years-old so my perspectives on history were a bit skewed.) Still, looking back Guidry's great start in 1978 (his whole season, of course) we can see that he was something else.


Maybe it is a case of things never being as great as they seemed when you're a kid, but I have never seen a pitcher dominate like Guidry did all those years ago...


Until now.


At the end of May 1978, Guidry's numbers were:


  • 10 starts

  • 9-1 record

  • 76.2 innings

  • 62 hits

  • 24 walks

  • 54 strikeouts

  • 16 earned runs

  • 1.88 ERA

  • 1.12 WHIP


One can make a strong case that Luis Gil's 2024 through May is every bit as good as Guidry's... and maybe even better:


  • 11 starts

  • 7-1 record

  • 63.1 innings

  • 29 hits

  • 31 walks

  • 79 strikeouts

  • 14 earned runs

  • 1.99 ERA

  • 0.947 WHIP


This isn't just good, it's crazy good. It's crazy great. And it's better than great because, if the 2024 Luis Gil had a fatal flaw, it was that he walked too many batters - and he learned, on the fly, to fix that problem.


Here is a quick rundown of Gil's starts in 2024:


  1. April 1: 4.2 ip, 1 hit, 6 strikeouts, 1 earned run, 3 walks

  2. April 7: 4.1 ip, 2 hits, 8 strikeouts, 2 earned runs, 4 walks

  3. April 15: 5 ip, 3 hits, 6 strikeouts, 3 earned runs, 7 walks (LOSS)

  4. April 21: 5.2 ip, 2 hits, 9 strikeouts, 0 earned runs, 3 walks (WIN)

  5. April 26: 5 ip, 7 hits, 6 strikeouts, 5 earned runs, 2 walks


That was very very very good, but then came May:


6. May 1: 6.1 ip, 2 hits, 5 strikeouts, 0 earned runs, 1 walk (WIN)

7. May 7: 6 ip, 1 hit, 5 strikeouts, 1 earned run, 4 walks (WIN)

8. May 12: 6 ip, 3 hits, 3 strikeouts, 0 earned runs, 2 walks (WIN)

9. May 18: 6 ip, 5 hits, 14 strikeouts, 1 earned run, 1 walk (WIN)

10. May 23: 6.1ip, 1 hit, 8 strikeouts, 0 earned runs, 2 walks (WIN)

11. May 29: 8 ip, 2 hits, 9 strikeouts, 1 earned run, 2 walks (WIN)


That was an AMAZING month. And look how the walks dropped, by a ton:


Five April starts - 19 walks


Six May starts - 12 walks


Luis Gil should be considered for the American League Pitcher of the Month. He was that good, but, more, even more, right now, he just might be a favorite for not just the Cy Young Award, but, if he can somehow keep this up, the MVP as well.


Luis Gil is turning in one of the best pitching performances in Yankees history, or at least since 1978...


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43 Comments


fuster
May 30

let's not forget that the Yankee front office surrendered future HoFer Jake Cave to get


this Gil guy

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Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
May 30
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after Jake Cave was DFA'd.

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Cary Greene
Cary Greene
May 30

Gil has been fantastic, the way he turned the corner and discovered location on his 4-seamer and the way he's been able to use his secondary pitches and improve his overall command has been quite frankly stunning to me. Honestly, I didn't think he could do what he's doing now and I honestly believed his ceiling was as a possible high leverage reliever -- "if" he ever learned to throw strikes.


He's proven my take very wrong, largely because he actually somehow improved while he was out with Tommy John surgery. It's been a long, long time since the Yankees had a controllable, young ace like Gil in fold -- but I'm cautioning everyone to keep their fingers crossed regarding…


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fuster
May 30
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why do you think a 6-man rotation to be preferable to taking starters out of the rotation in order to allow them 2 or 3 weeks of rest?

I don't really understand the physiological aspect of pitching and am hoping for guidance.

my thought is to first rest Cortes and then Gil and then Schmidt

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Jeff Korell
Jeff Korell
May 30

TWO PREDICTIONS:

1.) Luis Gil will be named AL Pitcher Of The Month for May 2024.

2.) Luis Gil will be the AL Rookie Of The Year-2024


Aren't you glad NOW that the Yankees did NOT sign Yohinobu Yomamoto? Both Gil and Yamamoto are the same age, both of them are considered rookies (Japan baseball is the roughly the equivalent of AAA baseball in the US). Gil and Yamamoto have the same number of starts, very similar ERAs, Gil has more strikeouts, but Yamamoto has fewer walks. And Gil is a fraction of the cost that Yamamoto would have been. It is no longer a "sample size" now that the season is more than 1/3 of the way through. …

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yankeesblog
May 30
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I'm pretty sure he'll adjust. Not every MLB hitter is Soto.

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Alan B.
Alan B.
May 30

Guidry. Ah, My Ace First half of '78 you had Guidry pitched games, usually Figgy too, but usually a whole mess. Guidry only lost to guys named Mike. Guidry should've won the MVP that year. Rice's numbers didn't help the Red Sox from getting caught before September 10. Got a Guidry autographed ball that September too. Still have it.


But when it comes to Gil vs Guidry, who had it easier pitching, Guidry in '78, or Gil this year considering the coaching methods of then versus today. Would Gil be as dominate then or Guidry now? I think Guidry would've had an easier time today that Gil would've had then. Why? They, then, would've found a way to put…

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
May 30
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1978 WAR: Guidry 9.6, Rice 7.6. Yankees were one win better than the Red Sox. If they had swapped places and had the exact same years, the Red Sox would have won the Division. There is no question Guidry was the MVP that year.

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fantasyfb3313
May 30

What about Doc Gooden in 1985? you and I are very nearly the same age, and I have always thought Guidry 78 and Gooden 85 are the best pitcher seasons I have ever seen

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Robert Malchman
Robert Malchman
May 30
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Possibly. Neither should be in the HoF, but Guidry is 0.1 career WAR better than Rice.

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