Jeremy Conn: Kevin Gausman’s First Start
I think for a first start, Gausman did a nice job and as a fan I can see why the experts really like him. Gausman threw 89 pitches through 5 innings of work. He had 4 earned runs, struck out 5 and he gave up 7 hits. He did make a few mistakes, but we as fans have to watch and see if he improves and learns from these mistakes.
He had a chance to leave with a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning after striking out Bautista and getting Encarnacion to fly out to left field. He gave up a single to Adam Lind and then with 2 outs J.C. Arencibia went yard. He left trailing in the fifth, but I think he should be proud of his performance and there is plenty of things he can still work on as well.
Gausman’s delivery seems effortless. It’s hard for batters to figure out whether he is throwing his change-up or his fastball. He hit 99mph on the radar gun in Toronto and got himself out of a couple of really tough jams. I’m really looking forward to seeing his next start against the Nationals.