Without Hyun-jin Ryu (36), Toronto’s starting rotation has a clear ace. Kevin Gausman (32). With the addition of Ryu, Toronto’s starting rotation will be even stronger.
Gaussman started the 2023 Major League Baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Tuesday (Feb. 2) and went 6 ⅔ innings, giving up five hits, two walks, and striking out 11.
Gausman was on fire early in the game. After getting through the first and second innings, he ran into trouble in the top of the third. He gave up a double and a walk to put runners on second and third, but got Owen Miller to ground out to second to end the inning.
In the fourth inning, he struck out two. In the fifth, he walked one, but retired the rest of the batters he faced.
In the sixth, he was in trouble again. He gave up a leadoff single to Miller. He then struck out the next two batters to get two outs. However, he allowed Miller to steal second, putting runners in scoring position. The final out was a strikeout. KKK to get out of the inning. He walked the leadoff batter in the seventh, but immediately induced a double play for the second out.
That was it for Gaussman. He turned the mound over to Eric Swanson.
The Toronto offense answered with three runs in the first inning on RBI singles by Bo Bissett Solopo and Matt Chapman. The bullpen closed out the game with 1⅔ innings of one-run ball to secure the 3-1 victory, giving Gausman the win.
Including today’s performance, Gaussman is now 4-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 12 games and 75 innings pitched.
The most notable statistic is his strikeout total. He reached the 100-strikeout mark today.
Gausman’s 100 strikeouts lead the American League.
Toronto manager John Schneider praised Gaussman’s performance, telling MLB.com, “That’s what really good pitchers do in this league. He’s been outstanding,” he said, adding, “He’s on pace for 100 strikeouts, which is unbelievable, and he’s been consistent (with his pitches).”안전놀이터
Gaussman signed a five-year, $110 million contract with Toronto last year. He was more than adequate last year, going 12-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 31 games, and he’s been an ace this year.