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Guardians Rookie Gavin Williams Makes History By Striking Out 12 Against Blue Jays

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Guardians Rookie Gavin Williams Makes History By Striking Out 12 Against Blue Jays

The Guardians’ offence was nonexistent in a 3-1 loss to Toronto thanks to rookie Gavin Williams’ 12 strikeouts.

A rookie for the Guardians strikes out 12 Blue Jays, a new career high.

Gavin Williams, a rookie with the Cleveland Guardians, strikes out 12 Toronto Blue Jays, which is a new career record.

Before making his Big League debut, Gavin Williams was likened to some of baseball’s top pitchers, including Gerrit Cole. His fastball, which can easily reach the high-nineties, together with an effortless curveball make it difficult for batters to sit back on anything.

Prior to Monday night, he had made eight starts for the Cleveland Guardians and had flashes of potential, but he mainly struggled with the growing pains that many rookie pitchers experience rather than the unbridled dominance we witnessed in the minors.

Williams making starts against some of baseball’s top lineups, including those of the Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, and Philadelphia Phillies, may have contributed to part of this.

On Monday night, the Toronto Blue Jays provided Cleveland with another outstanding offence. Williams was undoubtedly the Guardians’ starting pitcher, although he didn’t experience the same setbacks as in the past.

The lineup for Toronto has the fifth-highest OPS (.753) and the fourth-best team batting average (.272) in the American League. Former All-Stars Matt Chapman, George Springer, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. were all on the lineup on Monday night, but Williams embarrassed them all.

Williams never faltered. Through the first four innings, he had a career-high eight strikeouts, including six of the first Blue Jay batters. The 23-year-old had a final tally of 12 punches while giving up just one hit and one walk.

Gavin embodied the word “effective.” Over 7.0 innings, he threw 90 pitches, 61 of which were strikes.

In Cleveland’s 122-year team history, Gavin Williams is now the only rookie to have 12+ strikeouts while allowing no more than one hit.

Shane Bieber and Triston McKenzie are two notable starting pitchers who Cleveland is missing. Their reliance on their rookie rotation will keep them in the playoff hunt, and starts like this one from Gavin will help.

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