What a debut that was. Six innings, no runs, two hits, seven strikeouts.
That’s an impressive debut against any team let alone the New York Yankees in the Bronx. Yes, the Yankees weren’t full strength but still, this was an incredible debut, as Brennan Delaney wrote. So let’s break it down. This won’t be a full pitch-by-pitch breakdown if you want that, check out Nick Pollack’s gif breakdown over at Pitcher List.
The game didn’t quite start as planned, as Manoah walked Yankees lead-off hitter DJ LeMahieu on four pitches. Manoah settled in after that striking out the next hitter then getting Aaron Judge to strikeout with a 97 mile an hour heater right down the middle, which I am sure you have all seen but is too good to not show again.
That was the hardest pitch Manoah threw on the day. He averaged 94.9 mph with his fastball which is right in line with his minor league velocity. He threw 30 fastballs generating 14 swings and six whiffs. The fastball can be tough on hitters because of the spin rate …
Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation