Yankees Reveal Fifth Starter to Begin 2024 Season

Luis Gil will get the first shot at the fifth starter in the Yankees' starting rotation after a strong Spring Training.
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The New York Yankees enter the 2024 season with a lot of promise but high expectations after acquiring star outfielder Juan Soto from the San Diego Padres in the offseason and adding Marcus Stroman to the starting rotation.

The Yankees will need Stroman, Nestor Cortes, and Carlos Rodon to carry the rotation with Gerrit Cole on the injured list to start the season. For New York to get where they want to go, they’ll need their starting pitching to hold up throughout the season.

With the first four spots in their rotation locked up, the Yankees still had one more open spot left to fill ahead of Opening Day. Manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Sunday that Luis Gil will be New York’s fifth starter, per Greg Joyce of the New York Post.

The 25-year-old Gil was competing with veteran Luke Weaver and top pitching prospect Will Warren for the final spot in the rotation. Gil missed the 2023 season due to Tommy John surgery but has rebounded with an outstanding Spring Training.

The right-handed pitcher has a stellar 2.31 ERA across four appearances (two starts). He’s also recorded 18 strikeouts, allowed five hits, four walks, and three earned runs (two home runs) in 11.2 innings.

The Yankees hope Gil can carry his momentum from the Spring Training into the regular season as New York is viewed as the co-favorite to win the AL East (+180) along with the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees won’t have it easy for the first few months, but they should be able to maintain their ground.

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