Alek Manoah, a highly regarded young 6’6 right hander for the Toronto Blue Jays, made his major league debut and shut out the Yanks on 2 hits in the 1st game of a doubleheader — outdueling Domingo German for the 2-0 victory by Toronto.
1. Manoah with 6 Shutout Innings, 2 Hits Allowed
Yankee fans on twitter were expecting this — talking about it for days before the fact. Manoah looked great in Spring training and his last few starts in the minors, and the Yankees traditionally do not do well against good young pitchers in their first start — having never seen that pitcher before.
And the 23-yr-old Manoah didn’t disappoint. He shut the Yanks out on 2 hits in 6 innings, striking out 7 and walking 2. He has a hot 4-seam fastball, a devastating changeup, and really good slider.
This is what you play for.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) May 28, 2021
Manoah’s mom and dad were in the stands cheering him on. After watching this video, you kind of didn’t mind he did well. You just wished the Yanks could have had a few more innings to beat the bullpen.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 27, 2021
Manoah is currently ranked the #96 prospect in MLB. To put that in perspective, Deivi Garcia is currently ranked #84 and Clarke Schmidt is currently ranked #74. So hopefully Deivi shuts out somebody this week (as Corey Kluber is now on the DL for 2 months) and Schmidt comes back up soon and shuts someone out too.
2. Yanks Could Have Used a 9-Inning Game
This was a 7 inning game due to COVID-new-rules for double headers. And so just like that the Yanks ran out of innings after Manoah left. Jordan Romano came in and pitched a shutout 7th and game over.
Yanks could have Really used 2 more innings.
3. German Pitched Well
Other than that, German pitched well. 5.2 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 5 K’s.
Lucas Luetge pitched 1.1 shutout innings of relief.
4. Andujar Got Only 2 Yankee Hits
Miguel Andujar got the only 2 Yankee hits — a 2-out single in the 2nd inning, and a 1-out single in the 5th.